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The Best‐​Laid Plans: Congress Should Repeal Planning Requirements in Federal Surface Transportation Law

Since 1991, federal transportation law has imposed an endless long‐​range transportation process on states and metropolitan regions. This process has consumed huge amounts of money to little benefit. Few, if any, metropolitan regions are seriously considering alternatives that would reduce congestion. Many have written plans that will lead to major increases in congestion. Repealing the planning requirements would actually make transportation work better.