Funding & Finance

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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 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 have an equally important task to invest in and operate their transportation networks and rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from general revenues and debt, to fuel taxes, fees, and tolls.

Completing Projects With Less Funding: Sound Transit’s Success Story

BY JONI EARL Chief Executive Officer Sound Transit Many transit agencies were hit hard by the recession; what added dimension to...

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2013   January 16, 2013 issue January 21, 2013 update ...

Is a Gas Tax Increase Actually Desirable?

New proposed legislation in the House has generated some excitement, at least in the media, about the possibility of a gas tax increase...

Tolling and Transit: An Emerging Nexus

BY EDWARD J. REGAN Senior Vice President, CDM Smith MICHAEL TOWNES VICE PRESIDENT, TRANSIT SERVICES LEADER, CDM SMITH Neither...

Three Steps to Improving Intercity Transportation in the Amtrak Reauthorization

With the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) heading to conference, the legislative action on infrastructure and...

A Wholesale Tax on Gasoline: What are the Policy Implications?

Senator Barbara Boxer made headlines, at least in the small transportation world, when she said that she was leaning towards the idea...

They Pay Farmers Not to Grow Crops, Don’t They?

Despite the odd title, this is an optimistic report. Before describing a breakthrough in how to reduce urban traffic congestion, let me...

Virginia: Birthplace of Precedents

ERIC PETERSON Transportation Policy Consultant, Eno Board of Advisors In January 2013, it was hard to imagine how the ambition of...

The Future of the Northeast Corridor

BY RICHARD J. LORBON Chief, NEC Infrastructure and Investment Development, Amtrak The National Passenger Railroad Corporation...

Three Pragmatic Initiatives for the Incoming Secretary of Transportation

The advice often given to incoming members of the President’s Cabinet is to pick three issues on which to focus their energy, because...

Design-Build: Doing More With Existing Resources

BY RICHARD THOMAS, LCP Director, State & Local Legislative Affairs, Design-Build Institute of America Passing legislation in...

Investing in Seaports Pays Dividends

BY KURT NAGLE President, American Association of Port Authorities Every four years since 1988, the American Society of Civil...

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