This article by the Washington Post discusses the several goals laid out by this upcoming legislation, including:
- Decrease per capita motor vehicle miles traveled on an annual basis;
- Reduce national surface transportation-generated carbon dioxide levels by 40 percent by 2030; and
- Increase the proportion of national freight provided by means other than trucks by 10 percent by 2020.
One such example, as cited by the article, is the inclusion of $8 billion to go towards high speed rail systems in last February's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that had been added at the last minute by the White House.