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Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government, which funds about a third of the system, supplies important capital funding for highways, transit systems, airports, waterways, and ports while also operating the nation’s air traffic control system. State and local governments augment federal spending with their own to invest in and operate their transportation networks. Federal transportation law dictates how and where transportation is spent. Local funding and finance rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from ballot box measures to tolling and VMT fees.

Improving Transportation Performance: Time to Focus on Operations

Congress has been able to accomplish very little this year, but one thing they agreed they needed to do was avoid insolvency in the...

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...

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

By Micah Himmel Toll roads serve an important role in ensuring regional and national mobility in Japan, which has a lengthy history of...

Superstorm Sandy: Adaptation and Resilience in the Tolling Industry

BY PATRICK D. JONES Executive Director & CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association The International Bridge,...

Public-Private Partnerships For Transportation Finance: Some Say Better Mousetrap… Some Say Necessary Evil

BY JONATHAN GUILFORD Professor, Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy, George Mason...

The Road From SAFETEA-LU to GROW AMERICA

Last week we saw the first Administration-authored, publicly released surface transportation bill since 2003. In examining the arc of...

Federal Prohibitions on Toll Roads, How They Got There, and How the GROW AMERICA Act Proposes to Change Them

May 6, 2014 Let’s just say that Congress has been having this debate for a really long time. The first law providing federal...

California: Helping Themselves to a Brighter Future

BY KYLE MOTYCKA Business Development and Proposal Manager - Rail Veolia Transportation Maintenance & Infrastructure,...

The Bell Tolls for User-based Funding

Last month was the first time in a long time that anyone with the ability to act on it has proposed a specific funding source for...

Three Ideas for Big City Departments of Transportation

The United States is increasingly a metropolitan nation, with more of the population concentrating in urban areas. The largest of these...

Is It Time to Dismantle the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey?

BY DAVID Z. PLAVIN Like living organisms, public authorities seem to have a finite life cycle. They come into being to serve a...

The Challenge of National Freight Policy: How to Pay For It?

2014 could be the year that a national freight policy begins to take focus in a new authorization bill. There have been several...

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