Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It

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Overview

Americans are the most mobile society in history, yet our transportation system is on the verge of collapse. Traffic congestion today is five times worse than it was 25 years ago. Many of our bridges are in desperate need of replacement. Worst of all, many transportation planners believe their job is to make congestion worse in order to discourage mobility. Gridlock reveals how we got into this mess and how we can fix it. The United States has two paths before it. Some say we should build an expensive network of high-speed trains and urban rail transit lines that will mainly serve a narrow elite. Gridlock argues instead that we should focus on improving methods of transportation that will increase everyone's mobility and pay for themselves, whether it's cars, buses, planes, or trains.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935308232
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Land of Mobility 5

2 Potholes in the Road 25

3 A Fork in the Road 39

4 Lies My Transit Agency Told Me 57

5 The Next Boondoggle 83

6 The Road to Green 107

7 Paying for Mobility 131

8 Faith-Based Transportation Planning 159

9 Dude, Where's My Driverless Car? 189

10 Reforming Federal Transportation Policy 203

11 State and Local Transportation Policy 215

12 Conclusions 229

Notes 237

Index 265

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