Commentary

Mary Peters Comments on Current Transportation Policy

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters is the subject of a lengthy interview by the National Journal. In the interview, she comments on a wide range of issues, from current transportation reauthorization legislation, to aviation policy reform, to the need to move to a new funding mechanism.

Currently a private consultant, Ms. Peters favors the 18-month extension asked for by the Senate and White House because it’s important to get transportation reauthorization “right”. She also comments on the importance of returning to true user fees as a way to fund transportation programs, both surface transportation as well as aviation. The interview is well worth a full read.

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.