short answer to the question of whether anyone can solve the problem
of traffic is maybe - as in, maybe we can make a start. Every six
years or so, Congress comes up with major legislation that provides
billions of dollars to states for transportation. Next year, the Environment
and Public Works Committee, which I chair, will craft a new bill for
the next generation. One thing is clear: the answer isn't just more
roads. We need all the modes working together, including an expanded
national rail system, and smarter, more strategic investments. And
we need to rely on local decision-making. New York has its traffic
problems, but my home state, Vermont - with the second lowest population
in the nation - does too. Some of my trips to the "big city"
of Burlington take twice as long as in the good old days.
Jim Jeffords, Washington, D.C.
From a letter to the New Yorker Magazine, Sept. 23, 2002.