Ha ! Yes, it’s hard to keep the passion going as adminstrations and policy directions come in and out of favor. In transportation we have the additional issue of rebranding the same old problems over and over again and having to deal with the solution of the hour to fix them.
I have recently been re-invigorated by all of the young folks (when did I become “not young”?) that are using socail media such as GovLoop and transportation camps to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the profession. The enthusiasm shown is like a breath of fresh air and is catching. In transportation the use of mobile devices to collect and distribute real time informaiton, crowd sourcing, Open Data, and new mobile apps are also actually providing new solutions to old problems.