Improving Surface Transportation Through Federalism
As Congress grapples with management of the country’s highways, roads, and railways, members should significantly depart from the status quo. Federal involvement should be devolved and deregulated, allowing states to make their own taxing, spending, and regulatory choices. This would reduce the cost of infrastructure projects and put an end to hidden federal cross-subsidies between different modes of transportation. Members of Congress would serve their constituents best by turning to the founding principle of federalism. Devolving power back to state and local governments would improve the speed and value of surface transportation spending, enhance policy flexibility, and improve transparency and accountability for the public.