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Livability Initiative

A Few Words from Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administrator

Welcome to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Livable Communities webpage. This webpage is intended to provide information on the FHWA Livability Initiative as well as provide updates on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

I am honored to be a part of the most exciting time in the history of American highways. I will work to continue improving the relationship between infrastructure and community needs, specifically to improve a community's 'livability,' to enhance the environmental sensitivity of roads and bridges and to help states explore multi-modal transportation options. There is much work ahead of us, but I look forward to it. Our mission is to bring you the highway system you deserve, and I welcome the challenge.

Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administrator


What is Livability?

Livability is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer streets and roads. The FHWA supports livable communities through funding transportation related projects and sponsoring activities like Context Sensitive Solutions and public involvement that help, enable people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.

As part of the Department of Transportation's Livability Initiative, FHWA works within the HUD/DOT/EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities to coordinate and leverage federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure policies and investments. The Partnership for Sustainable Communities developed the following principles to guide efforts:

  1. Provide more transportation choices.
  2. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
  3. Enhance economic competitiveness.
  4. Support existing communities.
  5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
  6. Value communities and neighborhoods.
Updated: 08/28/2014
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