Department of Transportation

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General Resources

Cato Institute. Cato’s website provides extensive research on transportation and privatization issues.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The CFDA website has an official listing and description of all federal subsidy programs, including transportation programs.

Congressional Research Service. The CRS issues briefing papers on issues related to the department. CRS studies are available here.

Government Accountability Office. The GAO issues reports on the operations of the department’s programs. You can search for GAO studies here.

U.S. Department of Transportation. The department’s website provides information on agencies and programs.

U.S. Department of Transportation. The Office of Inspector General investigates waste, fraud, and abuse in the department’s programs.

Highways

Randal O’Toole, “Getting What You Paid For—Paying For What You Get: Proposals for the Next Transportation Reauthorization,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 644, September 15, 2009.

Randal O’Toole, “The Citizens’ Guide to Transportation Reauthorization,” Cato Institute Briefing Paper no. 116, December 10, 2009.

Randal O’Toole, Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It (Washington: Cato Institute, 2009).

Robert W. Poole, Jr., and C. Kenneth Orski, “HOT Networks: A New Plan for Congestion Relief and Better Transit,” Reason Public Policy Institute, February 2003. Updated as Chapter 19 in Gabriel Roth, ed., Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2006).

Gabriel Roth, “Liberating the Roads: Reforming U.S. Highway Policy,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 538, March 17, 2005.

Gabriel Roth, ed., Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2006).

Peter Samuel, “The Role of Tolls in Financing 21st Century Highways,” Reason Foundation, May 2007.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, “Highway History.”

Ronald Utt, “Congress Undermines America’s Infrastructure by Looting the Highway Trust Fund,” Heritage Foundation, September 3, 2008.

Urban Transit

Randal O’Toole, “A Desire Named Streetcar,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 559, January 5, 2006.

Randal O’Toole, Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It (Washington: Cato Institute, 2009).

Randal O’Toole, “Defining Success: The Case against Rail Transit,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 663, March 24, 2010.

Gabriel Roth and George G. Wynne, Free Enterprise Urban Transportation (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1982).

Passenger Rail

Liam Julian, “The Trouble with High-Speed Rail,” Hoover Institution, Policy Review, April-May 2010.

Randal O’Toole, “Does Rail Transit Save Energy or Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 615, April 14, 2008.

Randal O’Toole, “Rails Won’t Save America,” Cato Institute Briefing Paper no. 107, October 7, 2008.

Randal O’Toole, “High-Speed Rail: The Wrong Road for America,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 625, October 31, 2008.

Randal O’Toole, “High-Speed Rail Is Not ‘Interstate 2.0’,” Cato Institute Briefing Paper no. 113, September 9, 2009.

Randal O’Toole, Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It (Washington: Cato Institute, 2009).

Joseph Vranich, Cornelius Chapman, and Edward L. Hudgins, “A Plan to Liquidate Amtrak,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 425, February 8, 2002.

Joseph Vranich, End of the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the Future of America’s Passenger Trains (Washington: American Enterprise Institute, 2004).

Air Traffic Control

The Federal Aviation Administration: A Historical Perspective, 1903-2008 (Washington: Department of Transportation, 2008).

Government Accountability Office, “National Airspace System: FAA Has Made Progress but Continues to Face Challenges in Acquiring Major Air Traffic Control Systems,” GAO-05-331, June 2005.

Government Accountability Office, “Air Traffic Control: Characteristics and Performance of Selected International Air Navigation Service Providers and Lessons Learned from Their Commercialization,” GAO-05-769, July 2005.

Robert W. Poole, Jr., “The Urgent Need to Reform the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System,” Reason Foundation, March 2007.

Glen McDougall and Alasdair S. Roberts, “Commercializing Air Traffic Control: Have the Reforms Worked?”SuffolkUniversityLawSchool, February 17, 2009.

Other Resources

World Airport Privatization 2008 and Beyond (Manchester, UK: David J. Bentley Associates, 2008).

Reason Foundation, Annual Privatization Report 2009 (Los Angeles: Reason Foundation, 2009).

Ronald Utt and Wendell Cox, “How to Close Down the Department of Transportation,” Heritage Foundation, August 17, 1995.

Bent Flyvbjerg, Mette Skamris Holm, and Søren Buhl, “Underestimating Costs in Public Works Projects: Error or Lie? Journal of the American Planning Association 68, no. 3 (2002).

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