Randal O'Toole

The Smokey View from the Northwest

There are no clouds in the central Oregon sky today, but we are nonetheless living in dim times.

Inequities in Public Transit

The transit industry has developed two systems: one for “choice” riders and one for “dependent” riders, “that is to say white and Black,” says urban planner Christof Spieler.

Public Transit Is Second‐​Class Transportation

Urban transit is one of the most heavily subsidized industries in this country.

Amtrak’s Big Lie

Recent articles in respected business journals report that Amtrak lost only $29.8 million in 2019 (out of $3.3 billion in total revenues) and that it expects to make a profit in 2020.

Is Amtrak Guilty of Securities Fraud?

A press release issued by Amtrak last week would, if it were published by publicly traded firm, be a violation of securities laws and regulations

Amtrak Accounting Tricks Cover Up Losses

Amtrak recently announced that it will begin operating nonstop service between New York and Washington in 2 hours and 35 minutes in September.

Transit Riders Drop 2.9% in June

The nation’s heavily subsidized transit industry continued its descent into oblivion with a 2.9 percent decline in ridership in June 2019, compared with June 2018, according to the Federal Transit Administration’s most recent data.

Next Year’s Transportation Bill

America’s surface transportation infrastructure needs significant improvements and rehabilitation, yet Congress is uncertain about how to do this.

Should Cities Spend More on Transit?

Transit ridership is plummeting almost everywhere, yet officials in many cities are still devising hugely expensive plans for transit projects.

Transit Death Spiral

Nationwide transit ridership in the first quarter of 2019 was 2.6 percent below the same quarter in 2018, according to data released by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last week.


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