DOT's vision adds innovation

DOT's Strategic Plan Web site

The Transportation Department's new strategic plan encourages DOT workers

to be innovative and use technology to increase safety and efficiency as

they develop new systems over the next five years.

DOT released its 2000-2005 Strategic Plan Thursday. The document outlines

five goals that transportation planners must keep in mind when designing

systems for the future: safety, mobility, economic growth, human and natural

environment, and national security.

"We have added the concept of innovation to our vision statement," Transportation

Secretary Rodney Slater said during the plan's release in Washington, D.C.

Encouraging employees to try things that have not been done before will

help them meet the technological and human challenges ahead, he said.

Some of those challenges, which are described in the plan, include modernizing

the air traffic control system, protecting critical infrastructure, improving

highway safety and collecting information about all modes of transportation.

In the coming months, DOT will release more reports to help transportation

decision-makers, including the Report of Transportation Policy and an updated

Trends and Choices report, Slater said.

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