Urban Growth and Transportation

An Urban Growth & Transportation Reading List

Prepared by Randal O’Toole

Read This First


  • Street Smart edited by Gabriel Roth (Oakland: Independent Institute, 2006)
    Collection of essays by 20 scholars supporting the privatization of highways, roads, and streets.
  • Mobility First by Sam Staley & Adrian Moore (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
    Presents the latest research on free‐​market techniques for reducing congestion.
  • The Road More Traveled by Sam Staley & Ted Balaker (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
    Makes the case for user‐​fee‐​driven transportation policy.
  • End of the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the Future of America’s Passenger Trains by Joseph Vranich (Washington: American Enterprise Institute, 2004)
    Written by a former Amtrak executive, this book argues that the best way to preserve passenger train service is to privatize Amtrak.
  • Megaprojects and Risk by Bent Flyvbjerg (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
    Why major rail and other transportation projects so often cost more and produce less benefits than expected.

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