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When we look for opportunities to address multiple problems at the same time, we can unleash powerful and transformative solutions with benefits we might never have imagined possible.
The average number of vehicle-miles traveled per capita in 2013 was about 7 percent below its 2004 peak and was the lowest since 1996 – a roughly 17-year span of stagnation in per-capita vehicle travel.
Last month, Robert Poole refuted the conclusions of our recent report, Transportation in Transition, and argued for the continued massive investment in highways by claiming that current travel behaviors should be compared to those of 2000, not of the mid-2000s. However, following Poole’s argument, the logical conclusion is to shift funding away from new highway capacity and toward improving transportation options.
It’s worth remembering that we, the people, are the dog that wags the tail of the investor-owned utilities, not the other way around. If we want a cleaner, more resilient electricity system in the future, it’s going to be up to all of us to harness our power to make it a reality.
The first step to surmounting any challenge, of course, is admitting that one exists. While Maryland and Oregon are to be saluted for recognizing that the post-war Driving Boom has ended, the real challenge will come in translating that newfound awareness into smart policy decisions that allocate taxpayer resources wisely.
Allying with local officials, Cordray said, would result in local complaints about financial products being forwarded to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for analysis and response, relieving a heavy burden from city officials and bolstering the ability of the CFPB to address consumer complaints.
A new Frontier Group report discusses how universities and colleges across the country are taking steps to encourage their communities, students, faculty and staff to decrease their reliance on personal vehicles. These efforts are working and showing that efforts aimed at reducing driving deliver powerful benefits for students, staff and surrounding areas. Policymakers at all levels of government should look to college campuses for useful models when looking to expand the range of transportation options available to Americans and address the transportation challenges facing our communities.
We tend not to think about the tremendous value of redundant systems until the moment we need them the most.
The steep decline in rural driving that appears in FHWA data in the mid-2000s is largely the result of an accounting issue – not any unusual change in rural driving patterns since the end of the Driving Boom. Rural driving may be falling, but declining rural travel likely does not come anywhere close to explaining the drop in U.S. vehicle travel over the last decade.
A new study published in BMJ Open by researchers at the University of California San Francisco finds huge variation in the cost of having a baby in California, findings similar to those of our July 2012 report on health care charge variation.
The Colby Fire has broken out in the midst of California's record drought, reminding us that we must act to stop global warming now before these droughts get worse.
Raising our kids in the city is one of the best choices my wife and I ever made. Perhaps, if those of us who care about and have built our families in cities were to tell our stories, we’d have a little more company.
Hydrogen itself is not the solution to our problems. It’s how we make it, and how we use it, that count.
Beginning early this year, the Boston metropolitan area's transit authority will launch a pilot program offering late-night transit service on Friday and Saturday nights. It's a long-overdue step toward establishing a modern transportation system that offers valuable options and fits with the wants and needs of Boston's residents.
As 2013 comes to a close, we look back on a productive and consequential year of research and policy work in the public interest. This year, we issued groundbreaking new reports and brought our findings to new audiences.
Updating the power grid to handle more renewable energy is a manageable task that the U.S. is more than equipped to take on. We are adding more wind and solar power every year, and with some innovation and the example of countries that power themselves with solar and wind energy, the U.S. can continue to move towards a clean energy future.
Armed with greater knowledge about the notoriously opaque student loan market, citizens and consumers will now be able to make more educated and informed choices about their education, their financial planning, and their future.
As health insurance enrollment required by the Affordable Care Act begins in earnest, I’ve seen plenty of press coverage questioning if young people will buy insurance as the Obama administration hopes, or if “young invincibles” will take their chances and go without. Most of the media coverage centers on how the participation of young people is essential for the financial longevity of our health care system. I think there’s another, stronger reason why young invincibles should get health insurance: their own financial well-being.
The RAND analysis reinforces the idea that a return to steady increases in per-capita driving is unlikely under pretty much any conceivable circumstance – and that continued, long-term stagnation in driving is a possibility meriting serious consideration.
With the re-launch of the federal healthcare.gov website, millions of Americans are now able to sign up for health insurance required under the Affordable Care Act. The federal website and its state-run counterparts are making it easier for people to search for health insurance and subsidies are making insurance premiums more affordable. However, increasing access to health insurance—and therefore health care—addresses only part of the problem with our health care system. A huge challenge still to be tackled is the high and rising cost of care, most recently documented by the New York Times.