Politics, Transportation Policy

Trucking Along: A Future for Speed-Limiting Devices?

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has recently pushed for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to finalize a rule that would require electronic speed-limiting devices for large trucks and buses.  As DOT and other agencies prep for the incoming Administration and industry groups battle over the effectiveness of such a rule, it’s unlikely for the rule to […]

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Justice, National Security, Transportation Policy

FBI’s No-fly List: Efficacy and Transparency Called into Question

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) no-fly list is seemingly an uncontroversial and comprehensive approach to ensuring the national security of the United States. However, under closer scrutiny the list proves to be flawed. Currently, there are approximately 81,000 suspected terrorists listed post 9/11 as it proves to be the simplest way to ensure suspected […]

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Transportation Policy

Federal Subsidies to Amtrak: Are They Worth It?

Are federal subsidies provided to Amtrak worth their cost to taxpayers? This is a fundamental question that politicians, economists, and the public have debated since 1970, the year the federal government created Amtrak by act of Congress. This question is of particular interest to people living in cities on the east coast, where Amtrak’s trains […]

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International, Transportation Policy

Lessons from Hong Kong’s Transit System

Residents of Washington D.C. love to complain about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s subway system, referred to as “the Metro.” From single tracking to broken cooling systems, riders find much to grumble about. Needing a place to publicly vent, many Metro riders have taken their frustrations to Twitter, using the hashtag #UnsuckDCMetro. The Metro […]

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