Fact Sheet on Rail Transit
Report finds rail transit strongly associated with reduced transit ridership
The Greatest Invention
How Automobiles Made America Great
The automobile has been widely criticized for its social costs, including accidents, pollution, and changes to urban form. But few of the critics consider the many benefits that the auto has produced for the average American. This new paper (940-kb pdf) from the American Dream Coalition fills that gap, showing that the automobile has played a large or dominant role in:
Automobiles, trucks, and tractors also allowed a significant improvement in land uses in this country. Since they replaced horses for most farming and hauling uses, farmers converted 80 million acres of horsepasture to forests, which are far superior for wildlife and watersheds, and another 40 million acres of pasture to the production of higher-valued crops. In comparison, the 21 million or so acres of low-density suburban development that has taken place since 1945 is relatively insignificant.
Because of these benefits, it is reasonable to call the mass-produced automobile the greatest invention in the 230 years since the American republic was founded. Those who seek to reduce the amount of driving people do by imposing disincentives to the auto or allowing traffic congestion to increase risk killing, or at least limiting, the automotive goose that laid the golden egg of American prosperity.
The paper recommends:
These policy guidelines will insure that government programs produce transportation systems that are safe and efficient, allowing the nation to continue enjoying the benefits of the greatest invention in its history.