Fifty years ago, the chief architect of our interstate highway system said his roads would take Americans “from anywhere to everywhere.” Well, Americans do enjoy their interstate mobility, but in America’s major cities, traffic congestion now causes some 3.7 billion hours of delay, and wastes over 2 billion gallons of fuel per year. That’s why, according to Ted Balaker of the Reason Foundation, there’s mounting support for public-private partnerships that are using new toll roads and variably priced toll lanes to ease the congestion. Indeed, with Texas now embarking on a privately financed, $7 billion road from San Antonio to Dallas, hopefully such initiatives will pave the way to clearer roads ahead.

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