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Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

Utah’s Most Critical Surface Transportation Projects

Monday, March 16th, 2015

TRIP
Utah’s diverse economy relies on significant employment in mining, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, information technology, finance and petroleum production…From 1990 to 2013, Utah’s population increased by 68 percent, from approximately 1.8 million to approximately 2.9 million. Utah’s population is expected to increase to approximately 4.4 million by 2030.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Richard Hanna

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Congressman Richard Hanna

Congressman Richard Hanna was re-elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to represent the 22nd District of New York in the United States House of Representatives. Representative Hanna serves on three key committees for the 114th Congress, including the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on which he is the senior New York Republican.

“People with the job that I have and the other people here have to have a vision of their own. We have to value transportation, value intermodal works and everything along with it. It’s our job to get out there and say, ‘Damn it, this is important.’”

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Measuring What We Value: Setting Priorities and Evaluating Success in Transportation

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Sample dashboard from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Screengrab taken January 26, 2015 from http://dashboard. virginiadot.org.

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Over the past 50 years, transportation agencies have focused on tracking a narrow set of goals — typically system condition, safety and sometimes traffic congestion. While these goals are important, they measure the state of the transportation system, not the impact of the system on people’s lives. People want to know that transportation funds are being spent in a way that creates value, supports long-term job growth, makes their communities more attractive to business and talent and will contribute to their economic health and resilience.

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Funding Challenges in Highway and Transit

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
All Levels of Government Fund Highways and Transit

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
With the temporary increase in funding for the federal highway trust fund set to run out by May 2015, states and localities are again facing the prospect that shortfalls in the fund could delay or reduce the federal money they rely on for transportation projects. As they wait to see what federal policymakers will do, many states are taking action to make their own transportation funding more sustainable. These efforts highlight the major challenges that all levels of government face in maintaining investments in highways and transit systems—problems that will require policymakers to make difficult choices in the years ahead.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure

America’s crumbling infrastructure: It’s not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
foxx

Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013.

“We just appreciate all the efforts to educate folks and to help folks understand that they can play a role in moving America forward. One of the biggest problems we have in infrastructure right now is how to pay for it, and when you start peeling the onion back it gets back to whether the public is actually going to support and get behind efforts to actually pay for what we need. Part of what we’re doing is trying to educate people and connect the dots so that they see that these investments that happen at the federal level aren’t some kind of smoke and mirrors. It’s stuff that actually helps them on the ground.”

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Needed: A Fresh Approach to Funding America’s Infrastructure, Part 2

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Volume 26, No. 2-A
With state transportation revenue on the rise, it is argued, states can assume more funding responsibility for local infrastructure and significantly reduce the annual $13 billion shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund. This is not about devolution, contend advocates of this approach. It’s about a judicious reallocation of federal-state responsibilities, with the federal government able to refocus its gas tax revenue entirely on programs and infrastructure of national significance (notably the Interstate Highway network), thanks to the states’ enhanced fiscal capacity to take care of their highways, bridges and other local transportation needs.

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Capital Ideas: Winning State Funding for Transportation

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
SINCE 2012 TWELVE STATES HAVE APPROVED PLANS TO RAISE THEIR OWN ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION REVENUES

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Transportation for America has closely followed efforts in legislatures across the country to put transportation funding on sound footing. This report highlights critical factors common to many of the campaigns and closely examines several successful campaigns. Learning successful strategies and tactics from other states can be a valuable way for advocates, legislators, and local leaders to build winning campaigns in their own states.

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Colorado DOT: Why Build Express Lanes?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Colorado DOT: Why Build Express Lanes?

Colorado Dept. of Transportation provides informative video on the benefits of highway express lanes, which speed up traffic flow, manage congestion, and bolster revenue to transportation agencies.

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Needed: A Fresh Approach to Funding America’s Infrastructure

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 26, No. 2
With the prospect of a gasoline tax increase pretty much ruled out both by the White House and the Republican House leadership, and with various proposals for funding transportation through corporate tax reform meeting with skepticism from leading Republican lawmakers and thus facing an uncertain future (not to mention their unlikely passage before the current transportation measure expires at the end of May) perhaps the time has come to reconsider the way we fund transportation. Maybe we should abandon our 50-year old reliance on the gasoline tax and the Highway Trust Fund as the sole source of federal revenue and consider additional ways of paying for transportation infrastructure.

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