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Fall, 2013 Newsletter: Obama’s war on the suburbs; making cities prosperous; Portland the next Detroit; and a debate over New Starts are covered in this issue of the American Dreamer.
Summer, 2013 Newsletter: Sustainability planning; federal transit funding; and the state of American highways and bridges are covered in this issue of the American Dreamer.
Do Highway Users Pay the Full Costs of Roads? This analysis by transportation expert Thomas Rubin is accompanied by a detailed spreadsheet
Will Rail Transport Solve the Energy Crisis? Despite all the hype about light rail, streetcars, and other forms of rail transit, they use about as much energy per passenger mile as driving–and some of them use much more. The best way to save energy is to have more fuel-efficient cars, not spend huge amounts of energy building inconvenient rail lines that few people will use.
The Citizens’ Guide to Transportation Reauthorization explains the main issues involved with federal funding of highways and transit in eight pages, complete with twenty charts. Download the color version for electronic distribution and color printers or the black-and-white version for non-color printers.
High-speed rail will cost the average American taxpayer $1,000, yet most Americans will rarely or never ride it. Read the long report (30 pp.) and/or the short version (6 pp.) of this report. Not from Florida? Versions of this report are also available for Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Not from one of those states? High-speed rail is a national issue, so just download one from a state near you.
The automobile vastly increased the mobility of the average American, boosting incomes, homeownership rates, the variety of consumer goods, social and recreational opportunities, and greatly improving land uses. Get all the facts in The Greatest Invention (940-kb pdf).
Land-use regulations and growth-management planning cost American homebuyers at least $275 billion in added costs in 2005. Most of America’s housing affordability problems can be traced to such regulation and planning. The American Dream Coalition has complete information, data, and background files available for your review.
Due to the high cost of rail, most urban areas that build rail transit lines either lose transit riders or, at best, see ridership grow slower than before rail construction began.
A comparison of rail transit’s effects on energy, safety, taxpayers, congestion, and other indicators reveals that rail transit actually reduces the livability of most of the urban areas that have it.
The Journalists’ Guide to the American Dream (2.3-mb pdf) covers a wide range of issues relating to land-use and transportation planning. You can also read a revised-and-updated HTML version of the guide that includes direct access to more than 300 reports, presentations, and data files. Just click on “References & Experts” under any category.
The latest issue of ADC’s quarterly newsletter, The American Dreamer, comments on the Minneapolis bridge collapse, shows that cities can build their way out of congestion, and shows why California has the least affordable housing in America. Also available: the Winter 2007, Fall 2006 and Summer 2006 editions of the newsletter.
Myths & Facts about Rail Transit