By Chris Edwards – Re-Blogged From http://www.DownsizingGovernment.org
The Department of Transportation subsidizes and regulates highways, airports, air traffic control, urban transit, passenger rail, and other activities. However, taxpayers and consumers would be better off if many activities were privatized, which has been a worldwide trend. Opening up the financing and operation of transportation infrastructure to the private sector would save money, spur innovation, and reduce congestion.
The department will spend about $80 billion in 2015, or about $650 for every U.S. household. It employs 56,000 workers.