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Keep America Moving

A Special Symposium on Transit Next month, The American Conservative’s nonprofit parent, The American Ideas Institute, will launch a new center on transportation made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center will work to showcase conservative arguments for a balanced transportation system in which rail and roads complement one another. As a […]

A Special Symposium on Transit

Keep America MovingNext month, The American Conservative’s nonprofit parent, The American Ideas Institute, will launch a new center on transportation made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center will work to showcase conservative arguments for a balanced transportation system in which rail and roads complement one another. As a preview of this new program, we present this symposium on the conservative case for rail:

Rail Against the Machine

William S. Lind on Federal Highway Funding

Engine of Prosperity

Christopher B. Leinberger on how private development can fund transit

Urban Outfitters

John Norquist explains why the right can’t give up on cities

The Real Costs

Glen Bottoms does the numbers

Bringing Back Downtown

John Robert Smith says there is life left in America’s Main Streets

About TAC’s Transit Center Project

Moving MindsThe new center’s director is William S. Lind, a contributing editor at The American Conservative. Lind co-authored Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation with the late Paul M. Weyrich, a well-known conservative supporter of rail transportation.  The executive director is Glen D. Bottoms, who recently retired from a 25-year career with the Federal Transit Administration and who has written on a variety of rail transit topics.

Lind and Weyrich co-authored a book, The Next Conservatism, which includes support for public transportation, especially rail, as a central element in the new conservative agenda.  The Moving Minds book collects all of the previous Weyrich/Lind transit studies into one volume. As Lind writes,

The American Ideas Institute’s new project on conservatives and transit alternatives will be a strong and effective advocate for robust public transportation component in our nation’s cities.  The center will work to ensure a strong conservative voice for improved public transit, including both urban and intercity rail. Conservatives have long supported a strong national defense, and nothing is more essential to America’s security than reducing our dependence on automobiles fueled largely with imported oil.  Improved public transportation can be a particularly effective partner in this process, with technologies, especially electric railways, that have been tested and proven in more than a century of service.

For more information, please contact Glen Bottoms at gbottoms@amconmag.com .

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