Interview with Economy Chosun on Trump Infrastructure Plan

A South Korean magazine, Economy Chosun, asked my opinion of the recent Trump plan.  Update: This has now appeared in print (in Korean). My answers (in English) below.  Questions    1.     What do you think about the US President Elect Donald Trump’s $1 Trillion 10-Year Infrastructure Plan? (Is it realistic? Much needed in consideration of the current […]

Could a Trump administration kill the Green Line extension? | Boston Globe

I was interviewed by Nicole Dungca at the Boston Globe who writes “Could a Trump administration kill the Green Line extension?”  (NOVEMBER 18, 2016). My quotes in context below: 1. Sanctuary Cities Somerville and Cambridge, both involved in the Green Line extension, are so-called “sanctuary cities,” which generally do not cooperate with immigration officials to detain undocumented immigrants. […]

On Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Brad Plumer at Vox interviewed me about “Trump’s plan to finance infrastructure by offering tax breaks to developers working on projects with revenue streams (like toll roads).” He wrote this article: Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan wouldn’t actually fix America’s infrastructure problems. David Levinson, a transportation analyst and professor at the University of Minnesota, brings up a number of other […]

A Time for Choosing

In 1964 Ronald Reagan gave a speech: A Time for Choosing, endorsing Barry Goldwater. Parts of it are newly salient. I imagine what he might say today. Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state TrumpWorks One Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan have told us they have a utopian solution of peace […]

On a new Infrastructure Bill

The Democrats under Chuck Schumer are proposing a big federal infrastructure bill. The Pretender in Chief is also proposing a big infrastructure program funded by tax credits. Both are quite different, aside from the word “infrastructure”, but they are similar in that they are both big programs and both bad policy and both will raise […]

On Resistance

Introduction Resistance is not helpfully defined as “the act or power of resisting, opposing, or withstanding.” A better definition is that: Resistance jams up the system. Resistance is political congestion.  On Congress’s Role To stop the actions of any administration, resistance is the only recourse. This means voting “no”, always, on a vote for something “they” want […]

The Transportist – Newsletter – November 2016

Welcome to the second issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Transportist Posts (Politics) Election Day should be on Veterans Day Denouement (on the election) My 2016 Politics posts in one place Transportist Posts (Policy, etc.) On the Need for Road Funding Could a Trump Administration Kill the Green Line | Boston Globe […]

How to reduce investment needs

An anonymous reader* writes: Your recent post[s] regarding transportation “needs” and the ASCE scorecard was right on target.  It is unfortunate that ASCE can’t seem to present a more balanced assessment of the transportation funding situation.  The big gee-whiz numbers they come up with are taken as fact by the usual interests campaigning for a […]

On transport funding in the new administration (updated)

Updated November 10, 2016, 18:34 CST. Laura Bliss over at CityLab writes “On Tuesday Night, Transit Was Victorious — Cities committed to paying for the rail and bus systems they want. But a Republican-led Congress might threaten that.” She then wrote: “What U.S. Transportation Policy Could Look Like Under Trump“. Apparently I was in fine, fine […]