Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and what to Do about it (Google eBook)
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This book is not a study of how to reduce traffic congestion, as perhaps suggested by the title, but is mostly a polemic against public transportation. The author is a member of the Cato Institute, a right-wing think tank, whose purpose is to discredit most of the federal aid spent on urban rail transport in the United States over the last forty years. He even stretches his tirade to countries like France, where he tries to show that money spent on high speed trains (TGV) has not really changed public use of the railroad system. He throws out a lot of statistics, but it is hard to track them down, and it hard to see whether he is making a fair comparison, when dates do not line up. Some figures look so out of whack (BTU's in Dayton, Ohio's trolleybus system) that one is reluctanat to believe anything in the table that contains the number.
Review: Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About ItUser Review - Goodreads
The other review/er hit the nail on the head. And more succinctly then my more lengthy review. Disappointing, and the writing so zealous that it just left a sour taste in your mouth rather than any ...