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Category Archive for 'Transportation and Infrastructure'

When the objective historians go write down the legacy of this President, they are not going to talk about health reform (even if the ACA failed, it does capture the fact, and I think it is a fact, that reform is needed – I happen to think it lies in the deregulatory side coupled with […]

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Obese people have a hard time regulating their own behavior. If there is a bag of M&Ms lying around the house, rest assured they will take a handful each time they walk by. Obese people have low levels of energy. Though it is well known that regular exercise will improve health and energy levels, they […]

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Today continues the Reasonable People series seeking questions and answers on policy that’s desirable in a world not with zero government failure, but rather in a government functioning near the higher end of its realistic range of performance in a high-trust (and highly trustworthy) society. First question today: is there any federal highway spending that a reasonable […]

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How would you answer the following question? What quintile in the income distribution dedicates the largest share of its budget to spending on public transportation services? Common sense would have you bet the lowest 20% of households. Why? Because for poor households they would seem to be less likely to have cars, live in places […]

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“Infrastructure” is among the most popular goods for which folks think the federal government ought to have a heavy hand in producing. Let’s think a little bit more about this. A few observations that came to mind while driving to work on a totally un-congested highway that runs right through downtown Rochester and connects the […]

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Throw them in jail. From Coyote: California voters — unskeptical, unrealistic, and gullible — nevertheless trusted their elected and unelected technocrats in Sacramento to be telling them the truth when they agreed to a $9.95 billion bond issue for high speed rail.  It turns out, even according the HSR’s most fervent supporters, that the numbers […]

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The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Whether it is THE busiest seems to be an open question, but certainly it is a busy time. I’d like to have readers be reminded of just how valuable roads are (and increased travel convenience in general). For example, a good […]

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This from the newly issued and celebrated report on America’s “shoddy” infrastructure: In 2010, it was estimated that deficiencies in America’s surface transportation systems cost households and businesses nearly $130 billion. This included approximately $97 billion in vehicle operating costs, $32 billion in travel time delays, $1.2 billion in safety costs and $590 million in […]

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The anti-planner informs us that our transportation overlords now define “liveability” as making us wait longer in traffic and making it more costly to drive. How will they manage it? First, they will increase the amount of time people waste in traffic in the hope that a few people will find alternative modes of transportation. […]

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