Introduction

This collection will be useful to both theorists and practitioners of road transportation. In one rhetorical question, the author’s promotional catch line tells much about the theme of this collection of essays: “Are Roads Too Important to be Left to Governments?” And make no mistake, the collection demonstrates a strong case for more reliance on private providers responding to market forces. It contains many bold statements on the efficacy of highway privatization toward meeting the public interest in more effective and efficient road transportation. Certainly, efficiency must be improved, both in the allocation of resources and in their application. These authors, for the most part, make a firm case that turning to the private sector is a significant part of the solution.