2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 16:45:42 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REALIGNMENT: National Academies warns of traffic problems
News Release
National Academies
February 7, 2011

Implementation of BRAC 2005 Will Lead to Serious Traffic Congestion in Some Major Metropolitan Areas; Report Calls for Special Appropriation to Mitigate Immediate Problems

WASHINGTON - Implementation of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) law of 2005 will concentrate tens of thousands of additional personnel at or near 18 domestic military bases, several of which are located in major metropolitan areas with already congested transportation infrastructure. The September 2011 deadline for realignment is far too soon for surrounding communities to deal with significant added traffic congestion for military personnel and other commuters during peak travel periods, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board. It calls on the U.S. Department of Defense to pay its share of local transportation improvements.

The committee that wrote the report developed case studies to examine impacts around six bases where BRAC requirements will cause personnel shifts to occur faster than infrastructure can be improved. The committee found that transportation and congestion problems resulting from the realignment will impose substantial costs on some of the surrounding communities and may be detrimental to the military as well. Transportation improvements needed to handle extra traffic demand exceed state and local resources. Similar problems could exist at other BRAC 2005 growth bases.

"Normal planning and funding will not be adequate to make near-term improvements needed to avoid significant, even severe, added traffic congestion in some BRAC cases," said Joseph M. Sussman, committee chair and JR East Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

The report offers ways to mitigate the effects of base realignments for the near, medium and long term. For the near term, it calls on Congress to consider a special appropriation or the allocation of uncommitted stimulus funds to address the most adverse transportation problems. The intent of these funds would be to initiate projects within the year that would reduce the severity of congestion impacts within three years.


For the entire release and a link to the full report, see


Lenny Siegel
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