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.

Connecting the Midwest: How a Faster Passenger Rail Network Could Speed Travel and Boost the Economy

The Midwest’s congested airports and crammed highways hinder travel around the region. As the main source of our dependence on oil, our transportation system also leaves us vulnerable to oil price spikes and pollution. Connecting the Midwest explains how an intercity passenger rail network linking all the Midwest's major cities could help address many of the region’s toughest transportation challenges, while delivering badly needed economic activity.

(September 2010)
Next Stop, California: The Benefits of High-Speed Rail Around the World and What's in Store for California

As California moves toward construction of a new high-speed rail network, the state has much to learn from experiences abroad. High-speed rail lines have operated for more than 45 years in Japan and for three decades in Europe, providing a wealth of information about what California can expect from high-speed rail. Next Stop: California describes the benefits achieved - and the challenges faced - by nations around the world that have built high-speed rail systems.

(June 2010)
Charging Ahead: Curbing Oil Consumption with Plug-In Cars

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. Charging Ahead, 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. It also tracks the progress of auto manufacturers in the race to produce plug-in cars.

(June 2010)
Georgia's Transportation Crossroads: Why the Peach State Should Invest in Transit for the 21st Century

Georgia is in a transportation crisis. Roadway congestion wastes time and energy, tailpipe pollution causes health and environmental problems, and our oil dependence only grows. Expanding public transportation can provide more Georgians with alternatives to driving, while addressing these problems and laying the foundation for an efficient transportation system for the 21st century. Public transportation already helps hundreds of thousands of Georgians get where they need to go. But Georgia’s transit systems are disjointed, under-funded, and fall far short of their potential. Scores of good transit projects are waiting in the wings, while the problems affecting our transportation system only multiply. The state must reshape its transportation planning and funding priorities to address its decades-long underinvestment in transit.

(June 2010)
Road Work Ahead: Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America’s Crumbling Roads and Bridges

Over the last 50 years, America has built roads and bridges at a pace and scale that dwarfs most of the rest of the world. Now, much of that system is showing its age – and as maintenance needs continue to grow, we are falling farther behind. Across the nation, drivers face more than 150,000 miles of roads in less than good condition and more than 70,000 decaying bridges. The deterioration of our roads and bridges is the direct result of countless policy decisions that put other considerations ahead of the pressing need to preserve our investment in the highway system. To fix our roads and bridges, America must adopt strong “fix it first” rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges, set national goals for the condition of our transportation system, and hold state governments accountable for achieving results.

(April 2010)
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)

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