If the MTA’s debt were a GDP …

A recent report by the Straphangers Campaign included a sobering figure: the MTA has a debt greater than the debt of 30 nations. But I wondered: what if we compared the MTA's debt to global GDPs. The answer is perhaps even more surprising.

Grand plans for D.C.’s grand station

Washington, D.C., has grand plans for its grand transportation hub, Union Station. But will they get past financial and political hurdles? The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein examines the plans and the obstacles in an extensive online piece.

Why electric cars aren’t a silver bullet

The world seems to think that electric cars are the magical solution to all the woes caused by overdependence on personal automobiles. But, as Planetizen's Brent Toderian points out, that's just not true. (And I would posit that the same arguments can be made about looking at self-driving cars as a panacea.)

Obama administration submits transportation bill to Congress

The Obama administration has submitted a four-year transportation proposal to Congress which, among other things, improves the highway/transit funding split to 75/25, allocates nearly $5 billion annually for high-speed rail, and plugs the hole in the almost-out-of-money Highway Trust Fund.