Commentary

Carmageddon and the Future of Cars

Beginning this weekend, I-405 over the Sepulveda Pass in Los Angeles will be closed for the weekend. Many of labeled this event “Carmaggedon” because the expectation is that LA will come to a standstill. Of course, we won’t know until Monday whether this in fact happens, but the event has generated a lot of press, including a discussion at the New York Time’s on-line forum Room for Debate (including a comment by me).

Today, KCRW radio will host a discussion on “To the Point” hosted by Warren Olney on the broader question of cars, transit and mobility. I will be a guest. The show starts, or at least my part in it, at 11 am PT/2 pm ET. I will be making the case for mobility and the inherent benefits of automobile travel.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.