The Cunningham Administration is dedicated to creating a safe, environmentally friendly transport infrastructure with the capacity to help society function in the most efficient manner possible. City planning that is conscious of climate change and the country’s growing population demands is necessary to support modern transport. The Cunningham Administration has developed several progressive initiatives to meet these needs.
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Transportation: A Breath of Fresh Air
Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure
In order to achieve a safe and environmentally conscious infrastructure, we must emphasize the improvement of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in urban areas. Investing in the construction of new paths and walkways will be beneficial, both from an environmental standpoint, as well as a health one. Several studies have demonstrated that biking and walking friendly communities typically boast increased levels of mental and physical health, which in turn lead to improved economic productivity. Implementing these changes will also lead to significant job creation as a result of projected construction needs, which will foster further economic invigoration.
Modernizing Existing Vehicles
To further the goal of sustainable development, the Cunningham Administration will also focus on revamping existing public vehicles such as city and school buses. Removing or retrofitting outmoded vehicles that emit excessive amounts of greenhouse gases as a result of fossil fuel reliance will reduce our nation’s carbon footprint, while continuing to provide a cost-effective method of transport. In addition to updating emissions vehicles, it will also be crucial to ensure sustained funding for the maintenance and enhancement of city bike sharing systems nationwide. This will have significant positive contributions to individual health, traffic volume, and the environment.
It is long past due for the United States to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and embrace our potential as a world leader in combating climate change. Therefore, making electric and solar-powered cars commonplace on our nation’s roads will be key to the Cunningham transportation agenda. Providing ancillary commodities such as charging stations to support this transition will be a focus as well.
As our transportation system begins converting to one with a reduced fuel dependence, it will be crucial to make clean fuel a priority. Eliminating tax breaks and special subsidies for big gas and oil companies will be part of a comprehensive plan to mitigate negative corporate influences on the environment and our national infrastructure. Additionally, fuel economy standards for automobiles and heavy-duty vehicles will assist in our mission to have more environmentally friendly fossil fuels, during the brief period where we still rely on them.
Ride Sharing Initiatives
To further reduce traffic and our environmental impact, the Cunningham Administration will introduce community based infrastructure changes that encourage local ride-sharing. Primarily, this would entail providing incentives to individuals who share their vehicles in their commute, or who regularly carpool to work. Businesses such as Lyft and Uber also have the potential to be included in these programs, as they have played a pioneering role in the global ride-sharing movement.
The crusade for renewable energy cannot be limited to land transportation, and similar limitations on fossil fuel usage and emissions must extend to air travel as well. Collaborative efforts between the United States and cooperating international airports must begin facilitating a gradual movement towards green energy fuel options for airplanes.
The Cunningham Administration will emphasize sustainability, green energy, reduction of emissions, increased infrastructure development and the combat of climate change in his transportation agenda in order to afford Americans better transport, better amenities, better fuel options, and better lives.