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Do Roads Pay for Themselves? Setting the Record Straight on Transportation Funding

December 31, 2010

Analyzes the history, political context, and future plausibility of the claim that highways pay for themselves through "user fees" such as gasoline taxes. Calls for investing in transportation systems based on comprehensive cost-benefit analyses.

A Track Record of Success: High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America

November 10, 2010

Highlights the economic and transportation benefits of high-speed rail in Japan and Europe, including creating jobs, saving energy, protecting the environment, and encouraging sustainable land use and development. Details lessons for the United States.

Next Stop: California: The Benefits of High-Speed Rail Around the World and What's in Store for California

June 30, 2010

Outlines the advantages of high-speed rail systems replacing short-haul air and inter-city car travel, including energy, environmental, and economic benefits. Makes recommendations for land use, planning, and design to maximize benefits for California.

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

February 9, 2010

Provides an overview of U.S. investment in high-speed intercity passenger rail, its economic and environmental benefits, analyses by region, and key steps for building an efficient network, including balancing private investment with public safeguards.

Privatization and the Public Interest: The Need for Transparency and Accountability in Chicago's Public Asset Lease Deals

October 7, 2009

Examines the appeal and risks of infrastructure privatization and Chicago's history with privatization deals. Recommends public interest principles for future deals, rules and processes for vetting proposals, and a commitment to government transparency.

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

March 31, 2009

Provides an overview of trends in toll road privatization and discusses implications for the public, including loss of control, financial risk, and lack of transparency. Proposes principles that would protect the public interest in privatization deals.