In this Economix Piece , Ed remembers a great economist. It is striking that a great man's life can be boiled down to roughly 2000 words. You live for 25,000 days (if you are lucky). At 10 days a word, this piece is a powerful reminder of John Meyer's key contributions to economics.
Today, transportation economics is a vibrant field. With the rise of GIS techniques and some efforts to model the political economy of where infrastructure is built; the causes and consequences of transportation investment is an ongoing research effort. Meyer gets a lot of the credit for this.