Despite record levels of government spending, America's transportation system is plagued by traffic congestion, decaying infrastructure, and politicization of transportation funding-leading to calamities such as the 2007 collapse an interstate highway bridge over the Mississippi River and political fiascos like Alaska's infamous 'Bridge to Nowhere.' In The Road to Renewal, R. Richard Geddes surveys the current state of U.S. ground transportation and finds that, like the roads themselves, transportation policy is in desperate need of repair. A shift toward increased use of public-private partnerships (PPPs)-contractual agreements that allow private participation in the design, construction, operation, and delivery of transportation facilities-could significantly improve the quality of U.S. roadways.... are requirements for the average fuel economy (miles per gallon) of a manufacturera#39;s current fleet of cars or light trucks. ... gallon for cars and thirty miles per gallon for trucks by 2016.5 Improved efficiency through stricter CAFE standards will ... Indeed, there is evidence that the increasing fuel efficiency of the vehicle fleet is already straining state transportation budgets. As the Wall Streetjournal reports, aCars and trucks are getting more fuel efficient, and thata#39;s good news for drivers.
|Title||:||The Road to Renewal|
|Author||:||Richard R. Geddes|
|Publisher||:||Government Institutes - 2011-02-16|