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  • Getting serious about housing affordability

    Getting serious about housing affordability0

    • June 26, 2018

    Although many cities across the country are facing serious housing shortages, the efforts they are making to fix the problem are doomed to failure. Their so-called affordable housing programs address symptoms, not causes, and apply band-aid solutions when far different (but less costly) tools are needed. Median home prices in most American cities are less

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  • Mass transit is collapsing everywhere

    Mass transit is collapsing everywhere0

    • May 15, 2018

    Nationwide transit ridership in March 2018 was 5.9 percent below March 2017, according to the latest data published by the Federal Transit Administration. Following three years of steady declines, these numbers present a dire picture of the nation’s transit industry. Ridership declined in all of the nation’s 38 largest urban areas (and the 39th, Providence,

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  • Is Federal Infrastructure Spending Unconstitutional?

    Is Federal Infrastructure Spending Unconstitutional?0

    • April 3, 2018

    So what was the understanding in 1787-90? I have pieced this together over many years. In a nutshell, here it is:

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  • Congress should approve Trump’s effort to stop funding local transit boondoggles

    Congress should approve Trump’s effort to stop funding local transit boondoggles0

    • May 17, 2017

    by Randal O’Toole President Trump has proposed to stop funding new New Starts projects. New Starts, along with its subsidiary program Small Starts, is a multi-billion-dollar fund created by Congress, and funneled through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), that gives cities incentives to build the most expensive transit systems possible so they can get “their

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  • How Congress can avoid the “transportation cliff”0

    • June 3, 2014

    President Obama’s recent visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York was intended to push Congress to approve billions of dollars in infrastructure spending increases. But throwing more money at transit just puts more cash into the hands of government contractors, while doing little for commuters. The federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to

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  • LaHood’s Cost-Effectiveness Rule0

    • February 1, 2013

    It was with some trepidation that the Antiplanner finally took the time to carefully read the Department of Transportation’s final rules for major transit capital grants. Long-time readers may recall that the Antiplanner is concerned about the cost-effectiveness of these grants, and urged the Department to strengthen those requirements–without much hope that the Obama administration […]

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