Category: Federal Transportation Policy

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The Race to Space and Mars: Let Private Firms Compete

Past posts have outlined problems with the federal government’s continued rocket planning and contracting. See “Federal Space Transportation: Time for Reform,” for example. The benefits of federal space transportation planning and rockets tends to...

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Federal Transportation Policy

Economic principles and history are at the center of the Stoa transportation topic:  Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its transportation policy. Previous Astounding Ideas/Economic Thinking posts include: • Free Money for...

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Paying for Transportation Infrastructure

Very interesting WSJ article on U.S. transportation infrastructure.  Billions are being invested upgrading U.S. railroads, including various new technologies. The federal government has little involvement in this upgrade.  Railroad, apart from Amtrak, are privately...

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Do Incentive Matter?

Paul Krugman asks: “But can anyone deny that more drivers means more traffic congestion?” Okay, let’s think about that. Do more bicyclers mean more bicycle congestion, or more bike lanes and trails?  Do more...

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Economics of Transportation Infrastructure

For students considering a debate topic on federal transportation infrastructure, we have an 8-page study guide (online pdf here) and webpage here:  www.EconomicThinking.org/transportation. Below are three presentation on the transportation infrastructure topic adapted from...