Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More sense on roads in TN than OR? Let's Applaud a DOT Commissioner

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

Strong Towns

We'd like to introduce you to Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer.

When asked to build more lane miles in a state lacking money for basic road maintenance, he postponed millions of dollars of projects and said:

"You don't build an addition on your house if the roof leaks. You fix your roof."

And when asked to explain how transportation and local land use were related, this former mayor of Franklin, TN, said:

"I can't tell you how many times I've been asked to build a bypass to a bypass. That's purely bad planning."

And by the way….TDOT is completely debt free. What a breath of fresh air.

We've posted a short interview with Commissioner Schroer that you might find worth seeing. Give it a watch and then pass it on so others will also know what leadership in transportation should sound like.

And if you are on Twitter, please help us highlight the great work being done in Tennessee by sharing this tweet:

Tip of the hat to @tdotcommish John Schroer for being a @strongtowns kind of leader.

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