The Resource Surface transportation congestion : policy and issues, William John Mallett

Surface transportation congestion : policy and issues, William John Mallett

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Surface transportation congestion : policy and issues
Title
Surface transportation congestion
Title remainder
policy and issues
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William John Mallett
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Language
eng
Summary
Surface transportation congestion most likely will be a major issue for Congress as it considers reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act -- A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA), P.L. 109-59, which is set to expire on September 30, 2009. By many accounts, congestion on the nation's road and railroad networks, at seaports and airports, and on some major transit systems is a significant problem for many transportation users, especially commuters, freight shippers, and carriers. Indeed, some observers believe congestion has already reached crisis proportions. Others are less worried, believing congestion to be a minor impediment to mobility, the by-product of prosperity and accessibility in economically vibrant places, or the unfortunate consequence of over reliance on cars and trucks that causes more important problems such as air pollution and urban sprawl. Trends underlying the demand for freight and passenger travel -- population and economic growth, the urban and regional distribution of homes and businesses, and international trade -- suggest that pressures on the transportation system are likely to grow substantially over the next 30 years. Although transportation congestion continues to grow and intensify, the problem is still geographically concentrated in major metropolitan areas, at international trade gateways, and on some intercity trade routes. Because of this geographical concentration, most places and people in America are not directly affected by transportation congestion. Consequently, in recent federal law, Congress, for the most part, has allowed states and localities to decide the relative importance of congestion mitigation vis-a-vis other transportation priorities. This has been accompanied by a sizeable boost in funding for public transit and a more moderate boost in funding for traffic reduction measures as part of a patchwork of relatively modest federally directed congestion programs. Congress may decide to continue with funding flexibility in its reauthorization of the surface transportation programs. States and localities that suffer major transportation congestion would be free to devote federal and local resources to congestion mitigation if they wish. Similarly, congestion-free locales would be able to focus on other transportation-related problems, such as connectivity, system access, safety, and economic development. Alternatively, Congress may want to more clearly establish congestion abatement as a national policy objective, given its economic development impact, and take a less flexible and, in other ways, more aggressive approach to congestion mitigation. Three basic elements that Congress may consider are (1) the overall level of transportation spending, (2) the prioritization of transportation spending, and (3) congestion pricing and other alternative ways to ration transportation resources with limited government spending. Congress may also want to consider the advantages and disadvantages of specific transportation congestion remedies. Hence, this report discusses the three basic types of congestion remedies proposed by engineers and planners: adding new capacity, operating the existing capacity more efficiently, and managing demand
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HeinOnline U.S. Congressional Documents Library
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Mallett, William
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federal national government publication
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  • illustrations
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Index
no index present
LC call number
Z663.6
LC item number
.S878 2007a ONLINE
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
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Library of Congress
Series statement
CRS report for Congress
Series volume
RL33995
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  • Transportation
  • Transportation
  • Commuting
  • Urban transportation
  • Commuting
  • Transportation
  • Transportation
  • Urban transportation
  • United States
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specialized
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Surface transportation congestion : policy and issues, William John Mallett
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  • "May 10, 2007."
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black and white
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Label
Surface transportation congestion : policy and issues, William John Mallett
Publication
Note
  • "May 10, 2007."
  • Title from title screen (viewed June 4, 2007)
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
137335314
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (55 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)137335314
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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