What is different about the role they perceive for the federal government, as compared to the recent past?
The authors of the “America 2050” report focus on the emergence of mega-regions as the dominant theme for infrastructure, land-use and environmental policy in the first half of the 21st century. They see “Global Integration Zones” as the new competitive unit in the world economy, and argue that this implies the need for a new and different federal role in investing in the U.S. transportation system. What is different about the role they perceive for the federal government, as compared to the recent past? Why do they think this change is important? How do you evaluate their arguments? I’m not looking for a major essay or research paper here. A short statement (~ 1 page) is sufficient. This is also not a “political correctness” question – you’re free to either agree or disagree with the arguments in the report