Deciding If Taxes Make You Move

Seeing people leave New Jersey, New York, and Illinois, we can start to ask if interstate migration is caused by high taxes.

What Flying Really Costs

To calculate the real cost of flying, to the fares and the fees, we need to add the time, aggravation and inconvenience created by poor airport design.

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision

It appears that Elon Musk’s year-old Boring Company has tunnel vision. The firm has proposed a high-tech tunnel between NYC and Washington D.C. that got a verbal okay from the White House: Where are we going? To new tunnels and…

Why the Panama Canal is Bigger and Better

Enabling the newest massive container ships to travel to the East Coast, the Panama Canal expansion changed the world’s transportation infrastructure.

The Cost of Commuting

Average one-way daily commuting time in the U.S. was 26 minutes and 36 seconds during 2016. As a benchmark though, those 26 1/2 (or so) minutes say a lot more. How Long We Commute Comparing the average to the past,…

Infrastructure’s Hiding Hand

When politicians plan to update our transportation infrastructure, they are influenced by a hidden hand that can be benevolent or malevolent.

Throwback Thursday: Sending Tanks (and Thanks) to a Canal

As our first Throwback Thursday, we look at the present and the past with the 2,000 barrel beer tanks that traveled on the Erie Canal.

The Magic of the MetroCard

The introduction of just one small MetroCard transformed NYC by lowering the transaction costs for traveling to work and friends in different boroughs.

What State Gasoline Taxes and a LUST Fund Have in Common

A LUST Trust Fund and higher state gasoline taxes may come in handy if massive federal infrastructure spending becomes more doubtful.

Why One Town Likes a Traffic Jam

The story of a Breezewood, Pennsylvania traffic jam is really about the mysteries created by federal infrastructure spending.