The NH Statewide Transportation Initiative
Monthly News and Call for Action
When transportation is working well, it's almost invisible. People go from home to work and back. Goods get delivered. People go to stores to buy things. Doctors see patients. People visit offices and get services. Tourists enjoy our beautiful landscape and cultural heritage. Businesses grow. Skilled workers are attracted to jobs in our state. Children walk and ride their bikes to school.
When transportation is inadequate, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Pot-holed roads cost hundreds in extra maintenance each year. People have trouble getting to work. Some lose their jobs. High transportation costs make the price of goods go up. People buy less. Patients miss medical appointments. More people rely on emergency rooms. Businesses move away. Skilled workers move to places with transportation options. Children get less exercise.
We have been taking our invisible transportation system for granted, and it is no longer doing the job we need it to do. As Congressman Earl Blumenauer said in a speech about transportation, "America is falling apart, and is falling behind." New Hampshire is no exception. Our infrastructure is crumbling, and we don't have the sort of transportation options that attract businesses and workers, and that help create healthy, thriving communities.
What can we do about it? We can work together to broaden the conversation about transportation to include all modes, then build the public support our representatives need to invest in transportation options by demonstrating the return on this investment. Keep reading to see how you can help.
Our thanks go to the Endowment for Health and a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for believing in this process and funding our work.