The First Steps Toward Fixing Transit

I have an oped in the Washington Post (July 24, 2011) calling for reform for Washington, D.C.’s transit authority, specifically Metro. My main point was that market-oriented approaches to funding and managing the subway were largely absent from the current system, yet they are essential to long-term, sustainable reform. Specifically, I recommend market-based pricing for fares, using value capture to fund stations and other capital expenditures in lieu of general taxes, and broad used of public-private partnerships to deliver facilities and services.

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.