Reconnecting America grew out of the work of the Great American Station Foundation, which was formed in 1998 to assist communities with the revitalization of historic rail stations as a way to both improve transportation services and bring life back to downtowns. Several original documents from 2001 are available below.
The Great American Station Foundation's research found that station projects have tremendous power to link transportation to community revitalization, and are often the first step toward building transit-oriented towns. GASF realized that bringing different transportation providers together unlocks vital synergies in the transportation system, increasing customer choice and building stronger local economies. Making these connections – is challenging, but absolutely essential to resolving the apparent tension between effective transportation and vital communities. In order to help communities make the connections between transportation and development and between the different transportation modes the Great American Station Foundation’s Board of Directors revised our mission and our organization and broadened our scope. Reconnecting America was born in 2002.
Reconnecting America's Transportation Networks seeks to integrate our separate aviation, rail and intercity bus systems into an interconnected network in order to improve economic productivity, enhance consumer choice and value, and improve environmental performance and energy efficiency.
Through this initiative, Reconnecting America is working to redefine national policies for intercity travel with the intent of creating a more financially stable interconnected network for long distance travel – one that transforms airports and downtown train stations into travelports, where travelers can make convenient connections to air, higher speed rail or high quality bus service to complete their journeys.
The development of a coordinated systems approach will help to solve the financial crisis plaguing the airline, rail and travel industries in a way that improves economic and environmental efficiency and promotes consumer choice. Toward this end, Reconnecting America has been engaged in research, public education and communications.