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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

East Bay, MI: U.S. 31 Project a Success

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
East Bay, MI: U.S. 31 Project a Success

June 25, 2015 – Officials from MDOT and US-31 project contractor Team Elmer’s and Traverse City-area business owners and managers talk about the success of the project in East Bay Township.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Phineas Baxandall, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. PIRG

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Phineas Baxandall on The Infra Blog

Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Policy Analyst at U.S. PIRG and directs program on tax and budget issues as well as transportation. He often presents at conferences and has given invited testimony and public comment to state legislatures, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. His blogs appear on the National Journal Transportation Expert blog, Huffington Post and StreetsBlog. At U.S. PIRG, he has authored or co-authored dozens of reports, including a series examining the end of America’s driving boom, a series on infrastructure privatization, and a series on state government spending transparency.

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Tolling in the United States

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
HIGHWAY TRUST FUND RECEIPTS: 1970 - 2009

INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE, TUNNEL AND TURNPIKE ASSOCIATION (IBTTA)
Q: Why do we need tolls to pay for roads and crossings?
A: No matter how you slice it, federal and state fuel taxes are insufficient to support America’s highway infrastructure. Tolls provide a valuable source of revenue both to build new roads and maintain existing roads.

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Texas: Governor Abbott Paves the Way for Historical Transportation Funding Increase

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Texas: Governor Abbott Paves the Way for Historical Transportation Funding Increase

Video clip illustrates Governor Abbott’s dedication to increasing funding for roads throughout the state of Texas, and also doing away with diversions. From now on, taxes for roads will be spent on roads.

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Klamath Falls, OR: Blasting Through Bly Mountain

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Klamath Falls, OR: Blasting Through Bly Mountain

Work crews are straightening out and widening OR140 east of Klamath Falls to help trucks and cars move more safely and more quickly.

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Dallas, TX: Freeways Without Futures

Friday, June 5th, 2015
Dallas, TX: Freeways Without Futures

Patrick Kennedy, founder of A New Dallas, talks to attendees about how the movement to take Interstate 345 off the grid got started. He was joined by Loeb Fellow Peter Park and Ian Lockwood from the Toole Design Group. Some of the words were too powerful and logical to not share with the rest of the universe.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state.

TRIP
An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on the quality of their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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ASCE: Highway Trust Fund 101

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
ASCE: Highway Trust Fund 101

The Highway Trust fund, paid for by the federal gas tax, provides federal funding for America’s roads, bridges, and transit systems. But the gas tax hasn’t been raised in over 20 years, and the Highway Trust Fund will soon be insolvent. Watch the video to learn about the importance of the Highway Trust Fund and the negative consequences of the looming insolvency.

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American Truckers Need Infrastructure

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
American Truckers Need Infrastructure

Pat Thomas, first vice chairman of American Trucking Associations and vice president at UPS, talks about the need for a short-term fix for the federal highway program and long-term, well-funded highway bill.

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Who Pays For Roads?

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Figure 1. Percentage of Highway Spending from Various Sources, All Levels of Government

FRONTIER GROUP
U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times. Today, general taxes paid by all taxpayers cover nearly as much of the cost of building and maintaining highways as the gas tax and other fees paid by drivers. The purchasing power of gasoline taxes has declined as a result of inflation, improved vehicle fuel economy, and the recent stagnation in driving. As a result, so-called “user fees” cover a shrinking share of transportation costs.

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