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Preparing Our Metro Regions for a Stormy Future

“If a business wastes its resources on non-results, by and large it loses its own money. In a non-profit institution, though, it’s somebody else’s money – the donor’s money…So, this [performance measurement] is an area that needs special emphasis...

Posted October 24, 2013    

The Can-Do State: Maryland Tackles Climate Change

My friend Robert Puentes has started a drumbeat on Twitter with the hashtag #CanDoStates about states moving ahead on transportation in contrast to a federal government stuck in partisan doldrums. I’m proud to say that my little home state of...

Posted August 8, 2013    

Preparing Transportation for Climate Change

This past Sunday at church, my daughter and I heard a story based on a children’s book that delighted her and caught my attention too. You may have heard of it – “Ming Lo Moves the Mountain.” It’s a clever parable about a family frustrated...

Posted January 31, 2013    

Targeting Our Efforts to Reduce National Oil Addiction, Part Two

Last week I wrote about a new analysis by NRDC, The Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters of gasoline use across the country, specifically comparing counties to one another to determine which are sponging up most gasoline and therefore...

Posted October 5, 2012    

Memo to Federal and State Highway Agencies: Keep CMAQ Funds On Track to Cut Pollution

Congress included an innovative program in the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) that for over 20 years has helped clean up the environment by providing funds for transportation projects designed to reduce traffic...

Posted October 2, 2012    

How CBO Got it Wrong on Fuel Consumption and the Highway Trust Fund

The authors of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study released last week must have been sniffing gas fumes when they drastically overestimated the effects of the proposed fuel economy standards on the Highway Trust Fund. The study claims...

Posted May 8, 2012    

Getting Things Done: What's at Stake for Congress in the Transportation Bill

Did you see this eye-catching opinion piece about the polarization in Congress drawn from a new book by a couple of authors who wrote The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track (which is...

Posted May 4, 2012    

Failing to Communicate the Promise of Transportation Investments

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia (full disclosure: my alma mater) rolled out its latest report, fittingly entitled “Are We There Yet? Selling America on Transportation” (pdf here). It’s based on a conversation they convened last fall...

Posted April 24, 2012    

Reckless vs. Responsible: Dueling Infrastructure Philosophies

Here's the state-of-play with transportation law:The Senate passed a bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, MAP-21, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 74-22. This lobbed a nice easy proposal to the chamber on the other side of...

Posted April 19, 2012    

A House Divided: Transportation Law Delayed, Yet Again

It's only Tuesday and already it's another disappointing week for transportation law. The House GOP has shelved its 90-day extension due to - surprise! - inability to get the votes to pass it. A 60-day extension is in the offing now, with the vote...

Posted March 28, 2012    

Cutting the Cost of Gasoline: It's About Gallons, Not Prices

Everyone is fixated on the numerator in the price-per-gallon equation, especially the media and politicians. I would argue, fellow consumers, that they are dead wrong to turn a blind eye to the denominator. It calls out for attention, since we can...

Posted March 7, 2012    

Promising to Slash Gas Prices is "Economic Nonsense"

Oddly enough, I found myself nodding vigorously while listening to George Will yesterday on This Week. He derided politicians who claim to be able to move globally determined oil prices enough to influence gas prices dramatically, saying they might...

Posted February 28, 2012