More from John Latta

John Latta is Editor-in-Chief of Better Roads magazine who has spent the last decade writing about roads, construction equipment, trucks and trucking, bridges, and Washington’s influence on all of the above. He is a former daily newspaperman who has pursued news in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.


The Sandlot System

Sep 08, 2013

The Sandlot System

I wonder if we are on the verge of a sea change in the way our transportation system is built and cared for. One of the reasons I have put reauthorization front and center of much of our focus is because ...

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The Roads to a City’s Bankruptcy

Aug 09, 2013

The Roads to a City’s Bankruptcy

Here’s an interesting look at data about what its accumulator calls “unnecessary infrastructure.” What he/she (a bio, with no name, says the blogger is a professional Urban Planner and Designer) is doing is trying to find a link between a big ...

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Whose trains are safer: Europe or USA?

Aug 08, 2013

Whose trains are safer: Europe or USA?

It’s lies, damned lies and statistics again. This time the question, arising after the recent high-fatality (79) Spanish high-speed rail disaster, is about whether Europe’s trains are safer than ours. In this report we lose, but the numbers are not as ...

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Invite Them and They Will Come

Aug 07, 2013

Invite Them and They Will Come

Let me hang a little dirty laundry out on the line. People make assumptions about the news business. Sometimes people think that the news media is biased or is bought and paid for. And in some cases it is. But that’s not ...

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This is what you do for your state, Mr. Road Building Contractor

Aug 07, 2013

This is what you do for your state, Mr. Road Building Contractor

To continue to have as much firepower as possible at your fingertips when talking to people who are unaware of the impact of your industry on your state, check out this interactive map. It’s built on 2012 American Road and Transportation ...

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We know where you were last night: VMT a bad idea, says professor

Aug 06, 2013

We know where you were last night: VMT a bad idea, says professor

It’s really all about privacy. Or is it? Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics at the University of Michigan and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee is a bad idea. He says, “One feature ...

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Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Pres. Obama

Aug 05, 2013

Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Pres. Obama

I’m going to have a to go along with Mark on this one. According to Mark Szakonyi writing in The Journal of Commerce, “There are two President Obamas when it comes to infrastructure spending.” The president has continued to talk about his ...

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Ignore the potholes; re-elect me!

Aug 02, 2013

Ignore the potholes; re-elect me!

Think of it as a NIMBP problem. As in a Not In My Back Pocket problem. Americans want more money to be spent on our roads and bridges. They just don’t want to be the ones who supply it. Pennsylvania is just ...

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Closer to E than F and heading for B

Aug 01, 2013

Closer to E than F and heading for B

Let’s say you are rolling down the highway and watching the gas gauge on your dashboard as you go. You see it steadily going down. You are aware that it is heading to E. You roll on. It gets inevitably ...

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Texas Two-Step: D.C. reauthorization first, then Austin

Jul 30, 2013

Texas Two-Step: D.C. reauthorization first, then Austin

As we begin to close in on the fall 2014 date for the reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation in Washington, keep in mind that states have to do their own transportation legislation. And like D.C. politicians, Austin politicians face ...

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Transportation Infrastructure Funding: Efficiency is necessary but not sufficient

Jul 26, 2013

Transportation Infrastructure Funding: Efficiency is necessary but not sufficient

It’s a case of on the one hand/on the other hand. New Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is saying that his department is “working to improve the efficiency and performance of our existing transportation system” and is “doing so in an ...

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The Mayor and the Secretary: Foxx watching

Jul 25, 2013

The Mayor and the Secretary: Foxx watching

While Anthony Foxx has yet to light up the headlines, he has started work at a tough job with what appears to be a lukewarm and not-too-long honeymoon period. So we wait to see just what kind of Secretary of Transportation ...

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