Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It

Book Forum
January 20, 2010 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST


Featuring the author, Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; with comments by Michael Replogle, Global Policy Director and Founder, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; and Anthony Downs, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

Should federal transportation policy focus on coercing people out of their cars while spending hundreds of billions of dollars on rail transit and high‐​speed rail? Or should it aim to relieve traffic congestion in our cities by funding new highways?

In his new book, Gridlock, Cato Institute transportation expert Randal O’Toole argues that neither of these options makes sense because too many perverse incentives at the federal level lead to wasteful spending. Instead, he urges Congress to simply get out of the way and let the states and private enterprise solve transportation problems.

In particular, O’Toole points to revolutionary transportation innovations that will make personal transportation safer, faster, and more energy efficient than any form of mass transportation. Please join us on January 20 to hear O’Toole and listen to responses from Anthony Downs, author of An Economic Theory of Democracy and Still Stuck in Traffic, and Michael Replogle, founder of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.