American Opportunity Foundation was founded in 1977 as the Free Congress Foundation (FCF) under the leadership of Paul Weyrich, who served as President until his death in 2008. Under Mr. Weyrich’s leadership, the Foundation established itself as the premier Conservative voice and expertise on transportation and public transit issues.
Read the Public Transit and Infrastructure Investment paper.
Prior to founding FCF, Mr. Weyrich, a long-standing advocate for Conservative ideals, also co-founded the Heritage Foundation, Coalitions for America, and other conservative organizations. In 2010, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore assumed the Presidency of Free Congress Foundation. Under Governor Gilmore’s leadership, FCF, now renamed as American Opportunity Foundation (AO), has continued to examine public transportation and transit issues from a Conservative viewpoint. With the expertise of some of the most distinguished policy leaders in the transportation field, American Opportunity authored sixteen transportation policy papers, representing the largest body of conservative research on transportation issues to date. Each paper was prepared for the American Public Transportation Association, and presented by its author annually at a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.
In February 2017, President Trump announced plans to invest over $1 trillion to rebuild and revitalize the critical infrastructure of the United States. Transportation Secretary Chao further announced a task force to work closely with the White House in crafting an infrastructure revitalization plan. As President Trump’s infrastructure plan is introduced and debated, American Opportunity Foundation presents our research as a resource to enhance the debate with sound Conservative thought on key infrastructure issues.
This document serves as a brief synthesis highlighting just a few of the key themes of American Opportunity public transportation research and an introduction of our new Transportation Resource Library, available online at www.AmericanOpportunity.org. We encourage our reader to visit our full collection of transit research for a deeper understanding of issues summarized in this document.
Read the full paper here.
The American Opportunity Foundation, and its predecessor, the Free Congress Foundation, has worked for decades to shape the discussions around American society, and to offer conservative solutions that promise real prosperity, national security, and American values. Led by former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, American Opportunity Foundation remains a leading voice for conservatives.
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20 Years of Conservative White Papers on Transportation
Main link to FCF Historical white papers:
A Liberal and a Conservative Discuss How to Respond to Anti-Transit Rhetoric
Bring Back the Streetcars! A Conservative Vision of Tomorrow Urban Transportation
A Conservative Proposal for Energy Independence: A National Defense Public Transportation Act (link is broken, but it's below in the apta.com pdf)
Conservatives and Mass Transit: Is It Time for a New Look
Does Transit Work? A Conservative Reappraisal
Good Urban Transit: A Conservative Model
How Transit Benefits People Who Do Not Ride It: A Conservative Inquiry
Transit Means Business: Ten Reasons Why Conservatives Should Support New TEA Legislation
Twelve Anti-Transit Myths: A Conservative Critique
Winning Transit Referenda: Some Conservative Advice
Here is the energy independence paper on APTA's site: