Showing posts with label transportation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label transportation. Show all posts

50-Year Disaster Of Government Trains, Buses & Streetcars

by Daniel Bier.  Today, Less than 2% of trips use transit. Ronald Reagan once quipped that "government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." There, in a nutshell, you have a short history of mass transit in America. CEI's Marc Scribner explains,  ... MORE

John Stossel: Robot Cars

A safer way to travel.     The Tesla S is the closest thing to a totally driverless car available now. I had to leave my state to test-drive it. New York's archaic laws forbid taking both hands off the wheel. Once outside New York, the Tesla representative in the passenger seat had me turn on the autopilot. Suddenly, I was doing nothing. The car drove    ... MORE

TSA Will Stop Accepting Driver's Licenses From 9 States

by Nick Gillespie.    The last time we took notice of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it was to inform you that the unpopular, expensive, and ineffectual outfit had decided it could force travelers on domestic airline flights to go through full-body scanners. Previously, TSA had allowed folks to submit instead to a full-body pat-down.     ... MORE

TSA Makes It Harder For Passengers To Avoid 'Virtual Strip Search' Scanners Just In Time For The Christmas Rush

by Wills Robinson.     Air travelers will find it harder to avoid body scanners after airport security protocols were quietly ramped up. The six million Americans who are expected to take to the skies over Christmas could face delays after the Transport Security Administration (TSA) tweaked guidelines so passengers will have to go through the    ... MORE

More Trouble For Jerry Brown's Rail Boondoggle

by Steven Greenhut.    Moonbeam's plan no longer resembles original proposal. One of the biggest problems with California Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to battle climate change is the "do or die" nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there's little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake,   ... MORE

How To Steal $75,000 From The Poor In One Day’s Work

by Jeffrey A. Tucker. A tax-collecting scheme disguised as justice. The new liberality concerning marijuana possession in the United States is long overdue, but let’s not exaggerate how much progress we’ve made. Users might not be ending up in jail as frequently as they did 10 years ago. But cops, judges, and courts still exercise arbitrary power to ruin    ... MORE

From Free Country To Police State: Cal Mayor Forced To Give Up Electronics And Passwords To SFO Airport Gestapo

by Nathan Mattise.     Just a routine warrantless search. Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor's conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal  ... MORE

NYC Unveils Pilot Program To Track Driving Habits

Big Brother comes a knocking.   It’s a new city pilot program to track how you drive, when you drive, how fast your drive and how much gas you use. The Department of Transportation says it will help fix street problems. Others say its like Big Brother is watching you, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday. It’s a tiny black box about the size of a   ... MORE

Scott Shackford: Self-Driving Cars Would Limit Human Error And Therefore Could Destroy Fine-Based City Government

So what's the downside?       One of the propelling concepts behind self-driving cars isn't just innovation for the sake of innovation, leading us to our sci-fi Jetsons future. If successfully implemented, it will make ground travel safer, particularly in higher population areas, increase transportation efficiency and ultimately human productivity.   ... MORE

Anti-Ridesharing Laws Are Stuck In The Past

by Jordan Richardson.   Times have certainly changed since Robert De Niro was driving cab around New York's boroughs in the move Taxi Driver. The 1976 film showcased a society focused on the Vietnam War and De Niro's obsession with a presidential campaign. But one thing has not changed since the 70s: The government is still trying to regulate  ... MORE

John Stossel: Breaking The Rules

Innovators are the true public servants.      Humans need rules. Rules make life more predictable. But when the rules multiply, the world needs some rule-breakers. The creator of the underground website Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, was sentenced to life in prison for creating an online space that allowed people to use bitcoins to buy and sell things.   ... MORE

Alexa Corse: The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain

A most convenient 2-month gap.  Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up     ... MORE

TSA Finds $75,000 In Traveler’s Bag, Then Police Come Take The Money Even Though No Criminal Charges Filed

by Christopher Ingraham. Earlier today, Transportation Security Administration spokesperson Lisa Farbstein sent the following tweet from her verified account: If you had $75,000, is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA @ #RIC spotted this traveler's preferred method. pic.twitter.com/lriNbivmsT  The photo, from the Richmond     ... MORE

What's Next For Police State America? Armed TSA Police

Are you ready for an armed TSA? The NY Times reported the union that represents the TSA renewed its push for armed agents at checkpoints of the nation's airports. Using a violent attack by a machete-wielding taxi driver in New Orleans as an excuse.  Another pilot allegedly crashed a plane on purpose with 150 people on board, why doesn't the   ... MORE

Arkansas Drivers May Be Taxed Based On Odometer

by Mallory Jordan.  Gov't seeks new way to sheer the sheep. Drivers in Arkansas could be seeing a big change if House Bill 1716 passes the Arkansas legislature. A bill to tax Arkansas drivers per mile they drive passed committees and now moves to the House. For drivers who drive to work every day or drive anywhere, the state may begin to look  ... MORE

An Innocent Frequent Flyer Detained 23 Hours By TSA

by Ronnie Polaneczky.      Apparently, working as a supervisor for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Philadelphia International Airport comes with a perk:   You get to throw people in jail for no good reason and still keep your job. If that's not the case, why is Charles Kieser still employed by the TSA?  Vanderklok, 57, is a Philly architect   ... MORE

Daniel Kish: Santa Comes Early Bearing Gift of $2 Gas

Are oil companies less greedy or what?  For most Americans, the annual Christmas journey to grandma’s house will be less expensive this year. Gas prices are at their lowest levels in five years, thanks largely to booming domestic oil production on state and private lands. That surge promises to put more money in our pockets—and perhaps more  ... MORE

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John Stossel: Who'll Build The Roads?

Government planners vs the free market.     "Tea party members don't think there's a federal role in transportation!" complained Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week, near the site of a $5.8 million highway project. If only most tea party members were that radical. While Brown and other big-government folks worry that Republicans will     ... MORE