“Steel-wheel interstates”

Why not spend some stimulus bucks on freight rail to protect the environment and reduce highway congestion and traffic fatalities?

Phillip Longman of the New America Foundation makes the case for spending some stimulus bucks on upgrading the capacity of the nation’s rail network to carry freight. He argues that the current plan to spend a ton of money on more roads is an epic mistake.

I’m not competent to judge the underlying facts, but the analysis seems compelling, and Longman writes beautifully. My favorite line:

We need to be funding projects that are not just shovel ready, but shovel worthy.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com