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This thoughtful article reviews the history of transportation funding in the U.S. in relation to the current lack of bipartisan cooperation at the federal level. The author points out that the far right views any new ideas other than bus rapid transit as boondoggles, while the far left believes it necessary to double or triple funding levels while penalizing drivers. The author describes three transit “eras” beginning in the early and mid 1960s when cities bailed out failing bus and rail companies and states set up regional transit districts. A second era of renewal came in the late 1970s and early 1980s when public transportation began to be seen as requiring more equitable and sustained investment. Since 2000, the thinking as changed again to incorporate the role of transportation in environmentally sustainable growth. He concludes with a variety of ideas aimed at breaking gridlock at the federal level in order to see continued growth in federal investments required to meet growing challenges.

  • Publication Date: 2009


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 9, 11-12, 14, 18, 23-24, 26, 28, 30
  • Serial:
    • Metro Magazine
    • Volume: 105
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Metro Magazine

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01145323
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2009 7:44PM