Taking the High Road
A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform
PUBLISHER: Brookings Institution Press
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Since the early 1990s, federaltransportation laws have slowly started to level the playing field between highway andalternative transportation strategies, as well as between older and newer communities. TheIntermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and the Transportation Equity Actfor the 21st Century made substantial changes in transportation practices. These lawsdevolved greater responsibility for planning and implementation to urban developmentorganizations and introduced more flexibility in the spending of federal highway and transitfunds. They also created a series of special programs to carry out important nationalobjectives, and they tightened the linkages between transportation spending and issues suchas metropolitan air quality. Taking the High Road examines the most pressing transportationchallenges facing American cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas. The authors focus on thecentral issues in the ongoing debate and deliberations about the nation's transportationpolicy. They go beyond the federal debate, however, to lay out an agenda for reform thatresponds directly to those responsible for putting these policies into practice -leaders atthe state, metropolitan, and local levels. This book presents public officials with optionsfor reform. Hoping to build upon the progress and momentum of earlier transportation laws,it ensures a better understanding of the problems and provides policymakers, journalists,and the public with a comprehensive guide to the numerous issues that must be addressed.Topics include - A wide-ranging policy framework that addresses the reauthorization debate -An examination of transportation finance and how it affects cities and suburbs - An analysisof metropolitan decisionmaking in transportation - The challenges of transportation accessfor working families and the elderly - The problems of increasing traffic congestion and thelack of adequate alternatives Contributors include Scott Bernstein (Center for NeighborhoodTechnology), Edward Biemborn (University of Wisconsin), Evelyn Blumenberg (UCLA), JohnBrennan (Cleveland State University), Anthony Downs (Brookings), Billie K. Geyer (ClevelandState), Edward W. Hill (Cleveland State), Arnold Howitt (Harvard University), Kevin E.O'Brien (Cleveland State), Ryan Prince (Brookings), Claudette Robey (Cleveland State),Sandra Rosenbloom (University of Arizona), Thomas Sanchez (Virginia Tech), Martin Wachs(University of California, Berkeley), and Margy Waller (Brookings).
PUBLICATION DATE: 8/5/2005
CATEGORY: Political Science, Transportation