Sustainable Highways: Destination or Mirage?

John R. Bartle, Jijesh Devan

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Highway travel is forecasted to increase steadily worldwide in the foreseeable future. However, this pattern is unsustainable environmentally, economically, financially, and socially. Federal legislation, in particular the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, has made progress toward the goal of sustainability, and technological improvements offer potential for reduced emissions, but both potentials have not been fully realized. Reduced use and redesigned taxes are unlikely possibilities. Ultimately, institutions will have to change. The European Union offers an example of how the institutional change can be implemented in a durable way. This change is important not just for environmental reasons but also for long-term prosperity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-234
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Works Management & Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • highway transportation
  • institutional reform
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development
  • transportation economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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