Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and what to Do about it

Front Cover
Cato Institute, 2009 - Political Science - 277 pages
2 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - vpfluke - 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 ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Really gets past the clutter of arguments about transportation out there and looks at the political compromises that have really compromised some of the solutions.


1 Land of Mobility
2 Potholes in the Road
3 A Fork in the Road
4 Lies My Transit Agency Told Me
5 The Next Boondoggle
6 The Road to Green
7 Paying for Mobility
8 FaithBased Transportation Planning
9 Dude Wheres My Driverless Car?
10 Reforming Federal Transportation Policy
11 State and Local Transportation Policy
12 Conclusions

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Randal O'Toole is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who has written four previous books and numerous papers on housing, urban growth, transportation, and public land issues, including his most recent book, "American Nightmare: How the Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership". He has been a leader in innovative thinking on urban land use, natural resources, and environmentalism.

Bibliographic information