The Los Angeles Times takes a hard look at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and concludes that they don’t change people’s travel habits. Local officials say TODs will revitalize neighborhoods without adding to congestion, but the Times finds that “there is little research to back up the rosy predictions.”
The paper cites one study that “showed that transit-based development successfully weaned relatively few residents from their cars.” Two reporters from the paper itself spent two months interviewing TOD residents and reached the same conclusion: “only a small fraction of residents shunned their cars during morning rush hour.”
We are back to transportation with this book, which came out just after the 2006 Preserving the American Dream conference, so I think of it as a new book. The Road More Traveled is written by two “fellows” with the Reason Foundation and is the star (so far) of that group’s mobility project.
In contrast to Street Smart, which idealistically promotes widescale privatization, this book takes a more incrementalist look at highways and transportation. Bob Poole, who leads the Reason Foundation’s mobility project, ultimately supports privatization and tolling, but is willing to accept (and has even invented) many “halfway” measures, including high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes (which some true-blue libertarians might question because it leave most lanes untolled).