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Graduate course development : transportation policy and politics.
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    Transportation policy and politics
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  • Abstract:
    Transportation, public policy, and politics are inextricably linked and have been, in the United States, from

    at least 1956, with the birth of the federal highway system and the Interstate Highway Act, if not earlier.

    Much of the transportation system we enjoy today is paid for by public funds—which in and of itself

    invokes a political process. From the 1956 Act to the present day debate on the latest federal transportation

    reauthorization effort, the effort to solve the transportation problems in this country has been a political

    process. As this report was being drafted, for example, the future of the latest federal transportation

    reauthorization, originally scheduled for debate this spring and summer has been put on hold by the Obama

    Administration as a result of political maneuvering. It is anticipated that the formal reauthorization will be

    put off for 18 months, while the current authorization will be extended through temporary measures. In

    spite of these linkages there are few graduate level courses that systematically explore the dynamic

    interaction of transportation, policy, and politics. The objective of this project was to address this situation

    and assess the potential for such a course at Texas A&M University (TAMU). We conducted content

    analysis of existing course syllabi at other universities, implemented an internet survey, and found a

    significant level of interest in providing such a course. A draft syllabus is included, as are reference lists

    and summaries of similar courses being offered elsewhere.

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