Livability is a key initiative and strategic goal at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). USDOT, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency have joined together to form the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to coordinate transportation, Federal housing, and environmental investments, protect public health and the environment, promote equitable development, and help address the challenges of climate change. USDOT’s six principles of livability are:
- Provide more transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our dependence on oil, improve air quality, and promote public health.
- Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.
- Improve economic competitiveness of neighborhoods by giving people reliable access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services, and other basic needs.
- Target Federal funding toward existing communities – through transit-oriented and land recycling – to revitalize communities, reduce public works costs, and safeguard rural landscapes.
- Align Federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the effectiveness of programs to plan for future growth.
- Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods, whether rural, urban, or suburban.