Issue / Fuel tax

The Highway Trust Fund: What is it Good For? A response to surface transportation devolutionists

BY MARLA WESTERVELT Policy Analyst Falling gasoline prices have Americans talking - prices that were hovering around $3.50 per...

Providing Context for Eno’s Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund Study

In December 2014, Eno released a detailed research report about the current and future prospects of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The...

Roads and Restaurants: The Need for Effective Pricing

Have you ever eaten at a restaurant with no prices for the food? This happens regularly at all-inclusive resorts. Since you have...

2015: Year of Opportunity for Federal Transportation Policy?

As we look back on 2014, it is hard to draw many positive conclusions about recent progress on federal transportation policy. Congress...

CBO Implies Problem With 80-20 HTF Split; Enzi to Chair Budget; Musical Chairs at Senate Appropriations

December 18, 2014 CBO report implies problems with 80-20 gas tax split. Right before Thanksgiving, the Congressional Budget Office...

How To Get A Transportation User Tax Increase Through the House of Representatives

December 4, 2014 Many observers of transportation debates have long wondered: how do we get a user tax increase through an anti-tax...

Myths Surrounding Devolution of Federal Transportation Programs

As the lame-duck session of Congress approaches, there is nascent optimism within the transportation community that perhaps this could...

The Highway Trust Fund Under TEA21, SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21

November 20, 2014 The following chart shows Highway Trust Fund annual new spending obligation authority granted by Congress...

Election Gives Mixed Message For Trans. & Infra.

November 10, 2014 Voters in numerous states and localities sent mixed messages on transportation and infrastructure ballot...

Devolving Surface Transportation Infrastructure Responsibilities to the States: What’s Past is Prologue

BY ERIC PETERSON Transportation Consultant During the 1919 transcontinental convoy, west of Grand Island, Nebraska, soldiers...

RAISE USER FEES: The Road to Good Highway Policy

BY TOM McNAMARA Transportation Consultant, and former UDOT policy staff, OST Good highway policy is difficult to achieve....

Tolling in Japan: Should the U.S. Follow Its Lead?

BY MICAH HIMMEL Research Director, Japan International Transport Institute, USA Toll roads serve an important role in ensuring...

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