Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive Twenty-first Century

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Political Science - 214 pages
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Traffic congestion is a growing problem and unless policy makers and transportation officials make some dramatic changes, it will rise to unacceptable levels by 2030. In, Sam Staley and Adrian Moore explain the inefficient systems and politics that cause this escalating epidemic, presenting commonsense, high-tech solutions that will ease congestion and its troubling consequences. The book considers transportation policy through the intersection of four crucial and timely elements: global, economic, and cultural competitiveness; urban development trends; demographics; and transportation engineering and design. It sets goals for congestion reduction, outlines performance standards that increase transparency, calls for the redesign of the regional transportation network, and describes sufficient investment in technology.
 

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Contents

Ch01 Its the Cars Stupid
3
Ch02 Congestions Relentless Pursuit
11
PartII MOBILITY AND GLOBALCOMPETITIVENESS
35
Ch03 The Need for Speed
37
Ch04 The Apple of Automobility
55
Ch05 A New Approach to Congestionand Road Networks
69
PartIII ETTING FROM HERE TO THERE
91
Ch06 Boring Urban Roads
93
Ch09 Taking System Management Seriously
129
Ch10 Transitioning Transit
155
PartIV MAKING IT WORK
167
Ch11 Wheres the Beef? FundingTwentyFirst Century Mobility
169
Ch12 Charting the Uncharted
189
Appendix 1
199
Appendix 2
205
Index
209

Ch07 Seven Steps to ExpandingCurrent Road Capacity
105
Ch08 The Missing Link
123
About the Authors
213
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Sam Staley is the director of urban and land use policy at the Reason Foundation. He is also senior fellow at both the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions. His books include The Road More Traveled: Why the Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think, and What We Can Do About It (Rowman & Littlefield 2006) and Smarter Growth: Market-Based Strategies for Land Use Planning in the 21st Century.

Adrian Moore is vice president of research at Reason. He is the coauthor of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit.

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