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Livable Lesson: Transportation

Beth Osborne, the director of Transportation for America, talks about creating safe streets and mobility options for all community members — and how to advocate for and fund transportation solutions

Beth Osborne

Photo by Anders Olander

Beth Osborne of Transportation for America waits to board the Metro in (a pre-pandemic) Washington, D.C.

How can local policymakers and practitioners make the case to funders, business leaders and residents to increase transit options in their communities?

How can municipalities pay for new transit options, extensions to current transit lines, and maintenance for existing systems?

What is a Complete Street? 

Beth Osborne, director of Transportation for America, answers those questions and helps navigate challenging transportation issues. An expert in federal, state and local government transportation policy, Osborne has also served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Senate, and the Southern Governor’s Association.

Watch each of the three subject-specific videos below — or scroll down to see all three segments in one video.


Lesson 1: Funding Transit

Transit funding can be stitched together in as many ways as there are funding options —  among them, federal programs, state and local revenue streams, or options that are unique to a region or community, such as a sales tax or ballot initiative.

Lesson 2: Making the Case for Transit

Good transit and transit options benefit businesses, communities and people of all ages by providing access to jobs, supporting local retailers, lowering monthly expenditures for families, increasing property values, and generally improving health and wellness. 

Lesson 3: Complete Streets

What makes a street a Complete Street? How do Complete Streets contribute to the economic health, well-being and vitality of a community? Learn about the components of a Complete Street and how such roadways improve safety, incentivize investment and help make communities more livable for people of all ages. 

The Complete Lesson: Transportation Topics 

Watch all three videos with a single click. 

The videos on this page were created by an external organization so might not reflect AARP’s public policies or advocacy positions, which can be found in the AARP Policy Book.  

The videos were filmed in July 2020 | Page published November 2020

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