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Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy and on-the-ground management. His analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced decisions in cities across the country. In his book The Best-Laid Plans, O’Toole calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation. O’Toole’s latest book is American Nightmare: How Government Undermines The Dream of Homeownership. O’Toole is the author of numerous Cato papers. He has also written for Regulation magazine as well as op-eds and articles for numerous other national journals and newspapers. O’Toole travels extensively and has spoken about free-market environmental issues in dozens of cities. An Oregon native, O’Toole was educated in forestry at Oregon State University and in economics at the University of Oregon.

More from Randal O'Toole

Commentary

Light Rail a Bad Choice for Florida County

WatchDog.org. August 18, 2014.

Rapid Buses Beat Rails

Baltimore Sun. July 31, 2014.

Driverless Cars Yes, V2I No!

Daily Caller. July 16, 2014.

Cato Studies

Articles

The Streetcar Scam

MI Report. May 31, 2012.

Taking Illinoisans for a Ride

Transportation Brief. July 2009.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Why Government Planning Always Fails

Cato's Letter. Winter 2008.

Book Review: Sprawl: A Compact History

Regulation. Spring 2006.

Money to Burn?

Regulation. Winter 2002.

Events

The Future of Transportation and the Highway Trust Fund

June 19, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Saving Urban Transit from the Federal Government

June 14, 2012. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Death and Life of Affordable Housing

June 13, 2012. Policy Forum.

Speeches

Downsizing the Federal Government