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"Have Car Won't Travel " Clifford Winston Article: Economic Studies: Brookings Institution Have Car Won't Travel The Sober- and Sobering- Case for Privatizing Urban Transportation

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Urban transportation has become a planner's quagmire in a war that seemingly cannot be won. America's highways are jammed at rush hour, causing infuriating delays. Bus service, never fast, has deteriorated over the years, while fares have risen. Pressures to expand rail service to outlying areas remain strong, even though current rail operations cannot attract enough riders to cover more than a modest fraction of their expenses. Popular opinion seems to be that we can- and should- spend our way out of this mess by building more roads, running more buses and installing more track. Washington agrees and, as laid out in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st century (T21 for short), has greatly increased support for transit and highways for the 1998-2003 years. While spending more public funds for urban transportation may result in some improvements for travelers, history and serious analysis suggest that its primary effects will be to swell transportation deficits and waste tax revenues. Also available

Year: 2011
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