Jay Derr is a transportation policy associate at the Reason Foundation.
A Louisiana native, Derr attended Louisiana State University where he received his undergraduate degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in History.
Prior to joining Reason, Derr began his career at the Pelican Institute for Public Policy.
The urgent need for more truck parking spaces
The best congressional option would be a repeal of the ban on commercial services at Interstate rest areas.
The Jones Act contributes to New England’s energy woes
Repealing the Jones Act is the best solution to bolstering energy-insecure New England’s grid during crises in lieu of pipeline infrastructure.
Fixed-cost contracts save NASA and taxpayers money
By taking some of the red tape out of space exploration and development, NASA has helped open a promising new frontier.
Biden administration grants Puerto Rico a waiver, but the Jones Act should be repealed
The Jones Act’s worst impacts are after a disaster, but even during the best of times this law has Puerto Ricans paying more.
How to reform harbor funding
Ensuring that U.S. harbors have sustainable funding sources is crucial to a stable supply chain.
Users, not taxpayers, should pay for the inland waterways system
The current waterway funding system is unstable and costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Vision Zero programs are not an effective way to reduce traffic fatalities in U.S. cities
The superior and more cost effective approach for lower traffic fatalities lies in data-gathering, local partnerships, community education, and re-engineering when necessary.
Amtrak’s Gulf Coast line proposal would make taxpayers prop up a financially unsustainable service
Policymakers should look to rail alternatives that require no (or smaller) per-passenger subsidies and less interference with freight rail.