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With the nation’s surface transportation law due to expire at the end of this month, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) held a public forum Sept. 21 in Detroit to discuss its blueprint for reform entitled “Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy,” and its implications for the Detroit region. The forum, hosted in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, attracted leading local transportation policymakers, academics and other key transportation stakeholders.

The panelists who spoke at the forum agreed that the federal transportation system is losing effectiveness and needs immediate reform. Dennis Archer, NTPP co-chair and former mayor of Detroit, pushed for such reform, saying the Detroit region is at the heart of the nation’s transportation system

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