Gridlock! Congestion on America's highways and runways

Congestion on America's highways and runways takes a grinding toll

I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation -- a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here . . . Nearly every American hungers to move.

-- John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

Remember when getting there was half the fun? When driving was a breeze and flying was a cinch? No longer. Gridlock has gripped America, threatening to transform its highways and flyways into snarled barriers to progress. After returning from their summer jaunts, many travelers are looking back in anger at...