Commentary

Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Released

The American Dream Coalition, an organization of grass roots activists supporting market-based approaches to land-use, development, and transportation, has released an 8-page Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Reauthorization. This is an excellent summary of the major issues, and a great resource for citizens, journalists, and elected officials.

Among the topics covered are:

  • The role of the gas tax;
  • Travel trends by transportation mode and income;
  • Costs per mile of using rail, cars, and buses;
  • Subsidies and construction costs for transportation modes; and
  • Energy efficiency.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t also plug my own book as important background for understanding the importance of this round of reauthorization: Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century.

Reason Foundation has published extensive work on reauthorization as well.

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.