Reports on Transportation

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Transportation. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit www.PolicyArchive.org. Full archive coming soon.

Moving Connecticut Forward: Key Public Transportation Projects and Their Benefits for the Constitution State

Public transportation makes a vital contribution to Connecticut's transportation system, relieving congestion, reducing our dependence on oil, curbing pollution, stimulating the economy, and helping to sustain healthy, vibrant communities. While Connecticut has made some important transit investments over the last several decades, many important projects have been left on the drawing board. Moving Connecticut Forward describes the many benefits Connecticut already gains from public transportation, lays out a vision for 21st century transportation projects in the state, and outlines policies to make that vision a reality.

(April 2010)
Colorado's Transportation Crossroads: Priority Transit Projects for the 21st Century

Colorado’s transportation network does a poor job of meeting the needs of the state’s residents. Colorado's Transportation Crossroads explains how expanding public transportation can provide more Coloradans with alternatives to driving, while laying the foundation for an efficient transportation system for the 21st century. In addition to saving time and money for consumers, transit systems take cars off the road, cut air pollution, provide a dependable way to get around or an alternative way to get to work in a pinch, and can jumpstart economic growth. By expanding transit service and improving connections between existing service, Colorado could reap more of these benefits. Scores of good transit projects are waiting in the wings, while the problems affecting our existing transportation system only multiply.

(March 2010)
The Right Track: Building a 21st Century High-Speed Rail System for America

High-speed passenger rail can address America's toughest transportation challenges - reducing congestion on highways and in airports, curbing our dependence on oil, boosting the economy, and protecting the environment. The Right Track: Building a 21st Century High-Speed Rail System for America, documents the benefits of proposed passenger rail improvements across the country and calls for wise investments in improved rail infrastructure.

(February 2010)
Plug-In Cars: Powering America Toward a Cleaner Future

America's current fleet of cars and trucks leaves us dependent on oil, and contributes to air pollution that fuels global warming and harms our health. Plug-In Cars: Powering America Toward a Cleaner Future, explores the potential of plug-in hybrids, which can get up to 100 miles per gallon of gasoline, and electric vehicles, which use no gasoline at all, to address our energy and global warming challenges. The white paper also identifies potential barriers to the spread of plug-in cars and public policies that can surmount those barriers.

(June 2010)
Building Maryland's Future: The Potential for Transit-Friendly Neighborhoods to Protect Open Space and Reduce Global Warming Pollution

Global warming and the loss of open space are two of the largest environmental challenges facing Maryland. The creation of compact neighborhoods near transit stations — known as "transit-oriented development" — can contribute to solving both problems. Building Maryland's Future documents the benefits for Maryland's environment of using transit-oriented development to accommodate the state's growing population.

(January 2010)
Connecting Wisconsin: Public Transportation Projects for the 21st Century

Public transportation makes a vital contribution to Wisconsin’s transportation system, supporting economic development, curbing pollution and congestion, reducing our dependence on oil, and helping to sustain healthy, vibrant communities. In recent years, Wisconsin transit systems have made these vital contributions despite funding levels that have often threatened service and left important projects on the drawing board. Wisconsin needs to start investing now in critical public transportation projects to build a transportation system that meets the needs of the 21st century. This report describes 10 such public transportation projects.

(June 2009)
Getting on Track: Key Public Transportation Projects and Their Benefits for Illinois

Public transportation makes a vital contribution to Illinois’ transportation system, relieving congestion, reducing our dependence on oil, curbing pollution, stimulating the economy, and helping to sustain healthy, vibrant communities. In recent years, Illinois transit systems have made these vital contributions despite funding levels that have often threatened service and left important expansion projects on the drawing board. Illinois needs to start investing now in critical public transportation projects to build a transportation system that meets the needs of the 21st century. Getting on Track describes 10 such public transportation projects.

(May 2009)
Arizona's New Frontier: Moving Our Transportation System into the 21st Century

Over the past few decades, Arizona’s population has skyrocketed. This population growth has not been matched by public transportation investment, and Arizona’s resulting dependence on cars is hurting the state. The recent surge of support for public transportation in Arizona is a step in the right direction, and the expanded bus service and new Valley Metro light rail are beginning to relieve congestion, reduce our dependence on oil, curb pollution, stimulate the economy, and help to sustain healthy, vibrant communities. This report quantifies the problems Arizona experiences from our dependence on cars and the benefits from public transportation, and outlines a vision for public transportation in Arizona, including 10 public transit projects that would benefit the state.

(April 2009)
Connecting California: Key Public Transportation Projects and Their Benefits for the Golden State

Public transportation makes a vital contribution to California’s transportation system, providing an alternative to drivers tired of fighting congestion, reducing our dependence on oil, and curbing pollution. However, in many communities around the state, transit systems are inadequate and cannot keep pace with demand. Connecting California highlights key transportation projects that will meet the needs of the 21st century and address the problems of our current automobile-dominated transportation system.

(March 2009)
Private Roads, Public Costs: The Facts About Toll Road Privatization and How to Protect the Public

Toll road privatization is becoming an increasingly important trend in the United States, with major implications for the public interest. Several states have sold off, or considered selling off, existing toll roads in exchange for huge upfront cash payments, while in other states, private companies have been given the right to build private roads and collect tolls from motorists. Private Roads, Public Costs spotlights this emerging trend, calls attention to the potential threats that toll road privatization poses to the public interest, and lays out an agenda for protecting the public.

(March 2009)
Making Tracks: The Case for Building a 21st Century Public Transportation Network in Maryland

Transportation is an urgent problem for Maryland. Heavy automobile traffic is stealing time from Maryland families and businesses, and forcing consumers to burn more money at the gas pump. Traffic is also making our air less healthy, deepening Maryland’s oil dependency, and creating more global warming pollution. Clean, efficient public transportation already helps millions of Marylanders get where they need to go—saving consumers time and money, cutting air pollution, reducing our dependence on oil, and helping to drive economic growth. To fix its transportation troubles and help ensure a healthier, safer and more prosperous future, Maryland must invest in public transportation for the 21st century.

(March 2009)
Connecting the Commonwealth: Key Public Transportation Projects and Their Benefits for Massachusetts

Public transportation makes a vital contribution to Massachusetts’ transportation system, relieving congestion, reducing our dependence on oil, curbing pollution, stimulating the economy, and helping to sustain healthy, vibrant communities. This report describes the many benefits Massachusetts already gains from public transportation, lays out a vision for 21st century transportation projects in the state, and outlines policies to make the vision a reality.

(October 2008)
Getting on Track: Good Investments for Pennsylvania's Public Transit System

Pennsylvania has long spent more public resources on highways than on transit. While Pennsylvania’s highway system provides the Keystone State with increased mobility, the historic neglect of transit inflicts a heavy price. Getting on Track highlights dozens of important public transportation projects that can play an important role in addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation challenges. By moving ahead with these projects, Pennsylvania can give more of its residents new transportation choices, reduce our dependence on oil, ease congestion, and curb pollution.

(September 2008)
A Better Way to Go: Meeting America's Transportation Needs with Modern Public Transit

Public transportation in America saves vast amounts of oil, reduces highway congestion, curbs emissions of global warming pollutants, and provides a host of other benefits. A Better Way to Go calculates the benefits of public transportation in cities across the country and makes the case for investing in a 21st century transportation system with clean, efficient transit at its core.

(March 2008)
Transit-Oriented Development: Strategies to Promote Vibrant Communities

Transit-oriented development—mixed residential and commercial districts that allow residents to walk, drive or ride transit—can improve quality of life in urban areas and encourage more compact development. Transit-Oriented Development: Strategies to Promote Vibrant Communities offers guidelines for successful transit-oriented development projects and identifies a number of locations in Maryland where such development could occur.

(January 2005)

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