Rx for Ailing U.S. Mass Transit Policy: A Dose of Competition


Publication Date: October 1986

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Stephen Moore

Research Area: Transportation

Keywords: Smart growth

Type: Report


Nearly a year has elapsed since Senator Proxmire awarded the Golden Fleece to the federal urban transportation program. Unfortunately, this year it was business as usual in Congress; in fact, lawmakers have only further restrained UMTA Administrator Stanley from taking steps to assure that cities spend their federal funds on economical projects. Next year Congress wil'l again consider UMTA reauthorization. This will afford another opportunity for enacting fundamental reforms in federal transit policy. Should Congress stay on its present course, billions of federal dollars will continue to be wasted. Even worse, the quality of urban transit services will almost certainly continue to deteriorate.