While public awareness of New York's high transit construction costs has been growing in fits and starts, action to address the problem has been lacking. And that won't change until there are clear consequences for the people in charge.
Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent in the quest for free-flowing vehicular traffic. The result is wider highways, more sprawl, and more people stuck in congestion. But this week U.S. DOT took an important step to change course, releasing new standards to guide how transportation agencies measure their performance. Advocates for transit and walkability say the policy is a significant improvement.