Mobility Choice Legislative Briefing Set for Thursday on Capital Hill

The Mobility Choice Coalition, a newly formed group to promote market-oriented transportation policy solutions, is holding a briefing on transportation reauthorization in Washington, D.C. at noone on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

I will discuss the importance of devolving responsibility for transportation investments from the federal to state and local levels. I will also discuss Reason Foundation’s recent policy report on Restoring Trust in the Highway Trust Fund.

The event is open to the public. Here are the details:

Following on the Administration’s recent transportation plan announcement, the Mobility Choice Coalition invites you to a congressional pizza lunch THURSDAY, September 30 at Noon in Rayburn 2322 to discuss the barriers that stand in the way of making transit an economic and appealing option and what can be done to remove them.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 30 12pm

WHERE: Rayburn 2322

Art Guzzetti, Vice President for Policy, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Robin Phillips, Senior Director for Policy, American Bus Association
Sam Staley, Director of Urban Growth and Land Use Policy, Reason Foundation; co-author Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008)


The Mobility Choice Coalition spans the political spectrum and aims to offer a fiscally responsible, free market oriented approach to expanding competition among transportation modes for the purpose of reducing oil’s strategic value. Learn more at

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.

Staley is the author of several books, most recently co-authoring Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Texas Gov. Rick Perry aid Staley and Moore "get it right" and world bank urban planner Alain Bartaud called it "a must read for urban managers of large cities in the United States and around the world."

He is also co-author, with Ted Balaker, of The Road More Traveled: Why The Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think, and What We Can Do About It (Rowman and Littlefield, September, 2006). Author Joel Kotkin said, "The Road More Traveled should be required reading not only for planners and their students, but anyone who loves cities and wants them to thrive as real places, not merely as museums, in the 21st Century." Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said, "Balaker and Staley clearly debunk the myth that there is nothing we can do about congestion."

Staley's previous book, Smarter Growth: Market-based Strategies for Land-use Planning in the 21st Century (Greenwood Press, 2001), was called the "most thorough challenge yet to regional land-use plans" by Planning magazine.

In addition to these books, he is the author of Drug Policy and the Decline of American Cities (Transaction Publishers, 1992) and Planning Rules and Urban Economic Performance: The Case of Hong Kong (Chinese University Press, 1994).

His more than 100 professional articles, studies, and reports have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, Journal of the American Planning Association, Planning magazine, Reason magazine, National Review and many others.

Staley's approach to urban development, transportation and public policy blends more than 20 years of experience as an economic development consultant, academic researcher, urban policy analyst, and community leader.

Staley is a former chair for his local planning board in his hometown of Bellbrook, Ohio. He is also a former member of its Board of Zoning Appeals and Property Review Commission, vice chair of his local park district's open space master plan committee, and chair of its Charter Review Commission.

Staley received his B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Colby College, M.S. in Social and Applied Economics from Wright State University, and Ph.D. in Public Administration, with concentrations in urban planning and public finance from Ohio State University.