Campaign of Sabotage: Big Government's War Against Public Transportation

31 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2005

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Michael Lewyn

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Abstract

Historically, American politicians have been far more generous to highways than to public transit. The political elite's failure to support public transit is based on the view that despite decades of state and federal support, transit ridership has dwindled. This article criticizes that theory, by explaining that far from promoting public transit, government at all levels has sabotaged transit in a variety of ways: by building highways to suburbs unserved by public transit, by loading down transit systems with unfunded mandates, by using housing, education and tax policy to encourage migration to those suburbs, and by using zoning policy to make suburbs as auto-dependent as possible.

Suggested Citation

Lewyn, Michael, Campaign of Sabotage: Big Government's War Against Public Transportation. Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 26, p. 259, 2001; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 167; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 167. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=824965

Michael Lewyn (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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