Gridlock, rising fuel costs, and blighted roads are common frustrations on the tops to-do list across government agencies in the state and the country. Recent developments with plans for high-speed rail and a subway to the sea in California show government planners addressing problems to lessen congestion. However, with all the scarcity of resources and funding, many wonder: when will they fix the existing roads? Director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies, and Urban Planning Professor Brian Taylor recently spoke to NPR's Morning Edition regarding the ailing transportation infrastructure concerns, and other growing segments of transportation revival.
We're painting ourselves into a bizarre corner where we're not able to maintain our streets, we're not able to maintain the buses and the trains that we have out there, and we're focused on cutting ribbons in front of new rail projects."