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Larry Hogan’s hovering white elephant

Kevin DeGood argues that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan should prioritize cost-beneficial investments that will bring real benefits to the state over the so-called maglev train.

by Kevin DeGood | Friday, January 22, 2016

Complete Streets: Orlando, Florida

Pedestrians walk in the rain article icon Issue Brief The Orlando metropolitan region’s Complete Streets initiative is a cost-effective way to improve mobility and safety for all system users—yet it remains unbuilt.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 17, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 4

Birmingham interchange article icon Issue Brief The Northern Beltline in Birmingham, Alabama, is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 3, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 3

Wisconsin highway article icon Issue Brief Wisconsin State Highway 23 is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, September 28, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 2

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport article icon Issue Brief The West Bay Parkway is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, September 28, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 1

The beach in Panama City, Florida article icon Issue Brief The Gulf Coast Parkway is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, September 28, 2015

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Misses an Opportunity for Reform

Morning rush hourSenate highway authorization fails to make needed reforms to reduce congestion, improve overall system performance, or direct federal funds flow to projects that will provide the greatest return on investment.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 5 Worst Provisions in the House FY 2016 Transportation Appropriations Bill

Amtrak train PhiladelphiaThe House transportation appropriations bill would roll back essential safety regulations and cut core infrastructure programs, harming America’s competitiveness and mobility.

by Kevin DeGood | Friday, June 12, 2015

Understanding Amtrak and the Importance of Passenger Rail in the United States

Amtrak train article icon Issue Brief Amtrak is a valuable national asset that requires proper federal investment if it is to meet the country’s future transportation and economic development needs.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Essential Questions About Air Traffic Control Privatization

Air traffic control article icon Issue Brief Given the magnitude of the changes that privatizing the operation of air traffic controls would bring about—in aviation governance; industry taxation; and potentially, safety—proponents must be able to show that benefits will clearly exceed costs.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation

public transit busIn a never-ending quest to shrink government, conservatives continue to advance specious arguments that are harmful to federal funding for public transportation.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions

Highway book_alt2 icon Report Transportation funding restrictions prevent states and metropolitan regions from making objective decisions about the most appropriate investments. Increased programmatic flexibility will allow funding to flow to the most beneficial projects regardless of the source of money.

by Kevin DeGood and Andrew Schwartz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Public Transportation and the Path Dependency of Highway Investments

A metro station article icon Issue Brief To fully realize the potential of Metro’s Silver Line, policymakers must break with past development practices, focus public resources, and use the regulatory power of the state to guide sustainable development.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public-Private Partnerships

East End article icon Issue Brief The greatest constraint on infrastructure investment is the public’s willingness to pay the taxes and fees necessary to service project debts. Public-private partnerships are an efficient way to transfer project development risk—though they cannot overcome the inherently political challenge of building public support for taxation.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, December 8, 2014

Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

electric car book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

by Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014