An efficient and extensive transportation system greatly enriches the standard of living in modern society by reducing the cost of almost everything in the economy; expanding people's access to employers and worker options; allowing businesses and urban residents to benefit from space. This TQOL framework is expected to help transport planners, legislators and researchers to better understand the connections between transportation and these dimensions of quality of life. Advocating for federal spending on transportation projects that benefit their jurisdictions, public officials often mention that every $1 billion of investment in transportation infrastructure will create more than 30,000 new jobs. It's important to focus on improving productivity even as legislators strive to meet other important long-term transportation goals, such as improving safety, energy independence and environmental sustainability.
Fractured accountability and management mean UK cities don't make the most of their transport systems. Transportation can encourage companies to get close to each other, bring them closer to their supply chain, and share their expertise. Producers and consumers make economic decisions about products, markets, costs, location and prices, which are based on transportation services, availability, costs, capacity, and reliability. Recognizing the health impacts of transportation actions has led to a growing interest in assimilating health into transportation planning.
This perspective underlines that, after a phase of introduction and growth, a transport system will finally reach a phase of maturity through geographical and market saturation. Eno is an independent, non-partisan think tank that shapes public debate on critical issues of multimodal transport and builds an innovative network of transport professionals. Still, various transportation investments can consume wealth if they simply provide amenities, such as parking and sidewalks, or if they serve a market size well below any possible economic return, with, for example, projects labeled “bridges to nowhere.” From a practical perspective, it may be more worthwhile to identify the routes through which transport influences quality of life. Investment in transport will also need to be linked to other policy areas in order to improve results in all policy areas.
Some, such as the Nashville-area MPO, which is widely known for its integration of health planning and transportation, are known for its vision of the future. Since many transport infrastructures are provided through public funds, they can be under pressure from special interest groups, which can lead to poor economic returns, even if such projects are often sold to the public as strong catalysts for growth.