Why Do We Care About the Chris Christie Scandal So Much? Transportation!

In light of Chris Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, we’ve learned one thing: transportation can make or break an elected official. Emily Badger, a writer for The Atlantic Cities, focuses on the idea that “[h]ow we get around has an enormous influence on our quality of life, and so it’s central to what we expect from our elected officials.” Transportation may be the most influential aspect on our daily lives because without the ability to travel, we cannot do much of anything.

Transportation is an important issue for many Americans because it involves so many elements such as “parking policy, street design, traffic management and mass transit planning.” This makes it a hard subject for any elected official to ignore. So, if the scandal was surrounding a different topic such as a development project, it may have not been so widely circulated across the US.  But, as it is, the entire country is focused on the importance of transportation issues at the political level.

Apply for the National Transportation Planning Board’s 2014 Citizens Advisory Committee!

Are you a leader in your community or an interested citizen?

Are you interested in regional transportation issues?

Are environmental, business, or civic interests in transportation important to you?

Then apply for membership on the 2014 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to the National Transportation Planning Board (TPB) under the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).

The CAC is:

“a group of 15 people who represent diverse viewpoints on regional transportation issues. The TPB is the body that coordinates transportation planning for the metropolitan Washington region, and includes elected local officials, representatives from transportation agencies, and other key officials.”

“The mission of the CAC is to promote public involvement in transportation planning for the region, and provide independent, region-oriented citizen advice to the TPB.”

To apply, complete their online application by noon on December 23rd.

For more information, check out CAC’s website or contact:
John Swanson, Department of Transportation Planning
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 N. Capitol St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 962-3295
jswanson@mwcog.org