"Transportation corridors, whether a main street or a scenic road, and transit facilities whether a simple bus stop or a major train station, are natural focal points for communities. To view them as catalysts for strengthening community life necessitates a shift away from the way transportation has traditionally been conceived." - Project for Public Spaces for the Transportation and Livable Communities Consortium
"Providing people with more choices in housing, shopping, communities, and transportation is a key aim of smart growth. Communities are increasingly seeking these choices -- particularly a wider range of transportation options -- in an effort to improve beleaguered transportation systems ... [They] are beginning to implement new approaches to transportation planning, such as better coordinating land use and transportation; increasing the availability of high quality transit service; creating redundancy, resiliency and connectivity within their road networks; and ensuring connectivity between pedestrian, bike, transit, and road facilities. In short, they are coupling a multi-modal approach to transportation with supportive development patterns, to create a variety of transportation options." -Smart Growth Online
"Managing growth, reducing traffic, creating sustainable development, and making smart transportation investments; these are all challenges we face today. New Urbanism is a development strategy that addresses these issues and more by creating communities that are livable, walkable, & sustainable, while raising the quality of life." -NewUrbanism.org
"Poor planning and policy have made it impractical in many cities to conduct even simple trips without dependency on cars. The trend toward larger and larger stores, parks, schools and even churches eliminates the possibility of short trips. Our responses to these poor land use decisions include building wider and wider streets and intersections, further dividing towns. In some towns conditions are so extreme that children are bussed distances of less than 300 feet because they cannot safely cross primary streets. Many people get into their cars just to get to the store on the opposite side of the street. Our children are growing up dependent on their parents for almost all of their travel."