Taking the High Road : A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform.

Katz, Bruce.
Washington DC : Brookings Institution Press, 2005.
1 online resource (345 pages)
James A. Johnson Metro Series
James A. Johnson Metro Series

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Urban transportation policy -- United States.
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Since the early 1990s, federal transportation laws have slowly started to level the playing field between highway and alternative transportation strategies, as well as between older and newer communities. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century made substantial changes in transportation practices. These laws devolved greater responsibility for planning and implementation to urban development organizations and introduced more flexibility in the spending of federal highway and transit funds. They also created a series of special programs to carry out important national objectives, and they tightened the linkages between transportation spending and issues such as metropolitan air quality. Taking the High Road examines the most pressing transportation challenges facing American cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas. The authors focus on the central issues in the ongoing debate and deliberations about the nation's transportation policy. They go beyond the federal debate, however, to lay out an agenda for reform that responds directly to those responsible for putting these policies into practice—leaders at the state, metropolitan, and local levels. This book presents public officials with options for 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 analysis of metropolitan decisionmaking in transportation • The challenges of transportation access for working families and the elderly • The
problems of increasing traffic congestion and the lack of adequate alternatives Contributors include Scot.
Front Cover
Title Page
PART ONE: A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation
Chapter 1. Transportation Reform for the Twenty-First Century: An Overview
Chapter 2. Getting Transportation Right for Metropolitan America
PART TWO: Financing the Transportation System
Chapter 3. Fueling Transportation Finance: A Primer on the Gas Tax
Chapter 4. Improving Efficiency and Equity in Transportation Finance
Chapter 5. Slanted Pavement: How Ohio's Highway Spending Shortchanges Cities and Suburbs
PART THREE: Getting the Geography of Transportation Right
Chapter 6. Increasing Funding and Accountability for Metropolitan Transportation Decisions
Chapter 7. The Need for Regional Anticongestion Policies
PART FOUR: Meeting Societal Needs in Transportation
Chapter 8. The Long Journey to Work: A Federal Transportation Policy for Working Families
Chapter 9. The Mobility Needs of Older Americans: Implications for Transportation Reauthorization
PART FIVE: Other Important Metropolitan Transportation Issues
Chapter 10. Highways and Transit: Leveling the Playing Field in Federal Transportation Policy
Chapter 11. Protecting America's Highways and Transit Systems against Terrorism
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Print version: Katz, Bruce Taking the High Road