Chima writes, "Somewhere between grade school daydreams and the drafting table are legitimate solutions that can make a real difference in the way people and things move. No one ever solved big problems by thinking small, and even then, not without a healthy dose of mojo. So has America lost its transportation mojo?
"It's difficult to generalize across all areas of transportation as to whether we have lost our mojo," said Michael Meyer, director of the Georgia Transportation Institute and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Georgia Tech.
Meyer said that in the area of alternative fuels, and vehicle technology we're doing quite well, so it's not fair to compare the U.S. to China, a high-growth economy where much of this infrastructure never existed. The breakneck pace at which development is taking place further reflects the pent up demand."
Thanks to Chikodi Chima