Problems vs. Symptoms

As an engineer, I want to fix the transportation system in the United States. Many people want to fix the US transportation system actually. However, many people mis-identify symptoms as problems.

For example, many would say that the lack of high-speed rail in the US is a problem. However, it is merely a symptom of much larger problems within the transportation system.

Here’s a list of problems in the US transportation system.

  1. Disparate Funding Structures
  2. True Costs are Hidden
  3. Politics Trumps Solutions

This will be a running list. I’ll add to it and repost as I identify additional problems. I’ll pick one of these problems from time-to-time and expound.