Most frequently found within departments of transportation, state public works agencies plan, build and/or maintain the state's infrastructure, including highways and roads, toll roads, bridges, waterways, and harbors. In some cases, these departments also have responsibility for highway patrol, and regulate rail and air travel. Some support or operate public transit systems, and may also operate programs such as commuter ride-sharing or "Adopt-a-Highway."
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Why Sustainable Transportation is Important
Sustainable transportation is an important part of creating a sustainable society. It helps reduce emissions of air pollutants, reduces the use of non-renewable resources and has a positive impact on public health. By encouraging people to use transportation options such as walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transportation, we can help reduce carbon emissions and protect our environment from further damage. Additionally, making transportation more accessible for all members of the community can increase social equity by providing transportation options in areas where there may be limited access due to economic or geographic challenges. Sustainable transportation also increases safety by providing alternative routes away from congested roads. Sustainable transportation helps build healthier communities and create healthy lifestyles for everyone. Therefore, it is essential that governments around the world invest in sustainable transportation initiatives to help create a better future for all.
By investing in technologies such as electric vehicles, public transportation infrastructure and bike lanes, governments can promote renewable transportation options with fewer emissions and reduce traffic congestion. In addition to reducing air pollution from transportation, these investments can also stimulate economic development by creating jobs and providing access to transportation services. Furthermore, supporting transportation alternatives such as walking or biking can encourage healthy lifestyles and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Ultimately, sustainable transportation is essential for building healthier communities, reducing carbon emissions and promoting social equity. Investing in sustainable transportation is an important step toward achieving a more sustainable future for all.
Unlike many other state departments, transportation agencies generally operate their own procurement functions. Thus, contractors may find information on doing business with the department, lists of contracts available for bidding, and lists of authorized contractors.