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Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, a St. Louis region-based public policy firm. Mr. Cox was appointed to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission by Mayor Tom Bradley, where he introduced the amendment to Proposition A (1980) that established the local funding set-aside for the Los Angeles light rail and metro lines. He was also appointed to the Amtrak Reform Council by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to complete the unexpired term of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. There, he was instrumental in forging the final financial self-sufficiency plan that was required by the U.S. Congress.
He served for nine years as a visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris, where he lectured on transport and demogaphics. He lectures widely and is a frequent op-ed commentary contributor. His regular “newgeography.com” column includes “The Evolving Urban Form” series, consisting of profiles of world urban areas.
Mr. Cox’s professional endeavors on urban and intercity transport have the objective of ensuring that riders and taxpayers receive fair value in return for their funding and that scarce public resources are directed to the most beneficial projects and programs.
Demographia’s “Public Purpose” website (www.publicpurpose.com) was designated twice by the National Journal as a “Top Transport Internet Site.” Demographia’s principal website (Demographia.com) is home of the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, with metropolitan area data in six nations and Hong Kong and Demographia World Urban Areas, the only annual compendium of population, land area and density data for identified urban areas with more than 500,000 population.
- The GAO Didn't Endorse the California High-Speed Rail Project
GAO says "there is increased risk of such things as cost overruns, missed deadlines, and unmet performance targets"
Wendell Cox and Joseph Vranich
April 11, 2013
- The XpressWest Train to Las Vegas: Most Traffic Congestion Won't Be Avoided
Virtually all of the traffic delays from Los Angeles to Las Vegas occur in areas the high-speed train won't serve
October 9, 2012
- 5 Reasons the California High-Speed Rail Project Shouldn’t Get More Money
Gov. Brown asks for billions in borrowing even as train system gets slower, shorter and more expensive
Joseph Vranich, Wendell Cox and Adrian Moore
July 2, 2012
- Florida Taxpayers Ultimately Responsible for Extra High-Speed Rail Costs
Taxpayers cannot be completely protected from potential cost overruns
January 28, 2011
- Examining Sprawl in Europe and America
Europeans are moving to the suburbs too
January 16, 2009
- Smart Growth Increases Pollution Woes
Kern County's smart growth is dumb choice
Joel Schwartz and Wendell Cox
August 10, 2003
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