Transportation

Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.

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520 Traffic Congestion would Grow between 10% and 16% under McGinn’s Plan

May 17, 2010 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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National Center for Policy Analysis
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Washington Policy Center attacks what it calls a $40M bus stop

May 17, 2010 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Monday, May 17, 2010

A $40 million bus stop?

May 17, 2010 in In the News
SeattlePI.com
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SeattlePI.com
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Monday, May 17, 2010

WSDOT official: replace domestic airline travel with publicly subsidized rail

May 13, 2010 in Blog

I recently taped a segment for TVW on some of the problems with High Speed Rail (HSR). My main argument is that it competes with the airline industry:

Using
public taxes to artificially shift demand from an efficient sector of
the economy to one that loses money is a waste of resources and places hometown businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

Andrew Wood, Deputy Director of the State Rail and Marine Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, disagrees. Director Wood seems to argue that HSR should replace domestic airline travel:

I'm not familiar with the Spain example cited by Director Wood but I've highlighted a case in China in a previous post. As reported by Reuters, several Chinese airlines shut down some flights because passengers are instead using a new HSR line.

This is not a big deal when the government owns both the airline and
the train company....chalk it up to efficiency. But in the United
States, spending billions in public money to prop up a passenger rail
system that loses an average of $37 per rider will harm competing companies that do make money.

I wonder if officials from Boeing and Alaska Airlines know that a cabinet level state agency is advocating and working toward replacing all domestic airline service with publicly subsidized rail?

Should high-speed rail, which is subsidized, eat into air travel, which is private?

May 13, 2010 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hey Seattle, what about traffic congestion?

May 11, 2010 in Blog

In anticipation of today's announcement from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on pedestrian, bike, and transit funding, I'd just like to point out Seattle's bigger transportation problem: traffic congestion.

Traffic on downtown streets ranks Seattle as the most congested city in America.

Seattle has the 13th worst commute in U.S.

Highways around Seattle are !
the ninth most congested in the country
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McGinn touts push to get people out of cars

May 11, 2010 in In the News
SeattlePI.com
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SeattlePI.com
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How Public Officials Spend Our Transportation Taxes

April 20, 2010 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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National Center for Policy Analysis
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010