About the Forum
The seventh James L. Oberstar Forum on Transportation Policy and Technology was held on Monday, April 7, 2008, in Minneapolis. The forum addressed potential directions of the next authorization of the federal transportation act, which will succeed SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) at the end of its five-year period of 2005 through 2009. The forum used as one source of information the recent report Transportation for Tomorrow created by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which recommends dramatic institutional reform and revamping of federal transportation programs and policy.
The public portion of the forum began with Congressman Oberstar's keynote speech, "Transformation of National Transportation Policy for the 21st Century." Panel discussions with state and national leaders followed.
- Transformation of National Transportation Policy for the 21st Century
By U.S. Rep. James L. Oberstar
- Federal Transportation Policy to Meet State Needs
By U.S. Rep. Tim Walz
- National Transportation Policy Options: A Time for Choice (600 KB PDF)
Steve Lockwood, Principal Consultant, PB Consult
- 2008 Forum Proceedings (656 KB PDF)
A summary report of the 2008 Oberstar Forum