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News Links on Mobility and Transportation Policy

The American Dream Coalition newsletter has carved out a few useful recent newslinks for those following transportation policy issues:

Federal dollars for federal roads — Robert Poole, Washington Times
Highway policy: confliction and confusion — Fleet Owner

New Scorecard Reinforces Density-Traffic Congestion Nexus — Wendell Cox, New Geography

Bonus: Sydney: Choking in its Own Density

LaHood Faces Off With GOP Senator Over High-Speed Rail, Livability — D.C. Streetsblog

Improving Virginia’s Transportation System — Ron Utt, Tertium Quids

Porsche unveils ‘green’ supercar for petrol-heads — The Local, Germany

Are Today’s Cars Too Smart for Their Own Good? — AOL News

It’s the Traffic, Stupid — New York Times

City of Jacksonville to consider mobility fees — Daily Record, Florida

Austin reached 4th highest traffic congestion without high population density — C.O.S.T., Texas

Bellevue drops Mercer Slough light-rail route — Seattle Times

Thousands a month spent on security for light rail cars — WVEC.com, Virginia

Pandemonium at MTA Hearing in Brooklyn, 4 Arrests — Gothamist, New York

FTA delivers scathing report on safety of D.C. Metro — Washington Post

Latest attempt to reform San Francisco’s Muni — San Francisco Chronicle

Man Rescued Along Light Rail Tracks — KPHO-5, Arizona

Pedestrian killed by VTA light rail vehicle — ABC-7, San Jose, California

Summary of MAX Rail Fatalities — PortlandFacts.com

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.