Eno Transportation Weekly

Transportation Policy History – Archive of ETW Articles

July 29, 2019

For the transportation policy wonk’s August recess reading…. someone asked me the other day if all of the long-form transportation history articles I have written for ETW were collected in one place. They were not, so now they are.


Multi-Part Series:


A Conversation With Alan Boyd, the First U.S. Secretary of Transportation


ISTEA at 25


Creation of the U.S. Department of Transportation


What’s the Purpose of Mass Transit? (Urban Development, or Transportation)?


Mending or Ending the Highway Trust Fund – The Great Debate of 1978


The Gas Tax at 100


Pre-1960s Attempts to Create a U.S. Department of Transportation


Individual Articles or Papers:

Federal Bridge Policy: Past and Future (August 15, 2007) (Reprinted from Transportation Weekly)

Reagan Devolution: the Real Story of the 1982 Gas Tax Increase (together with a 506-page PDF compilation of original source documents) (May 27, 2015)

The Tradition of HTF Bill “Triggers” (July 22, 2015)

What Can DC Metro’s Past Tell Us About Its Future? (Book review of The Great Society Subway by Zachary Schrag) (May 12, 2016)

To Sign, or Not to Sign? (The 1958 Highway Bill) (July 22, 2016)

A History of Infrastructure Bank Proposals (August 3, 2016)

The 1977 Origins of “Buy American” and “Hire American” Policies (January 18, 2017)

Reagan’s 1987 Highway Bill Veto (together with a 321-page PDF compilation of original source documents) (March 29, 2017)

30 Years of Debate on Air Traffic Control Corporatization (May 4, 2017)

History of Mass Transit Discretionary Grants and How They Have Been Funded (August 9, 2017)

Ten Years of Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy: Why Did It Happen, and What Have We Learned? (September 5, 2018)

The Johnson-Nixon Mass Transit Bill of 1968-1969 (July 11, 2019)

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