EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION.
When we commute and travel, do we think about the long-term sustainability of the facilities we use? Does it matter that these buildings are efficient and provide healthy environments? Up until now, we have considered multi-modal transit facilities as positive infrastructure since they facilitate public mass transit, reducing private vehicular use and greenhouse gas production. And we have known that while air travel was necessary, it is probably not sustainable from a greenhouse gas perspective. Now think ahead. What might transportation facilities look like in the next 10 or more years? This is the question a significant number of public agencies and their architects and contractors are asking as they create buildings that will be used for the next 50-60 years.