POLITICS, REGULATION AND URBAN TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES: THE TRIUMPH OF THE AUTO SOCIETY

In the United States, urban transportation is in serious difficulty. The emphasis is on the automobile highway transportation system not mass transit. A network of auto related industries keep policy orientation on highways. They wield economic and political power that burdens urban areas. Cities are not only choked with auto pollution and congestion but about one half of the center cities land is devoted to accomadating the auto. People have no viable alternative to the auto. The Highway Trust Fund indirectly regulates the automobile industry by creating the demand for automotive transportation. The revenue generated by the fund leads government to heavily subsidze highways. This makes mass transit look even less attractive. The auto-highway aggregation is deeply entrenched in our society from government officials to auto dealers, and parking lot and gasoline service station owners. The automobile problem is an economic and political problem. It will have to be solved by political means.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Antitrust Law and Economics Review, Incorporated

    5 Journal Building
    McLean, VA  USA  22101
  • Authors:
    • Cornehls, J V
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00126122
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM