Highways and Streets

Issues & Modes / Highways and Streets

There are over 4 million miles of roads in the United States moving cars, trucks, transit, and non-motorized vehicles across a seamless, integrated network. About three-quarters of the roads are owned by localities but the vast majority of travel occurs on major state roads and the federally-designated Interstate System. Today, this complex system is under strain as demands for upgrades and repair, safety improvements, and modernization mount.

Senate Leaders Introduce Bill Repealing Highway Rescission

June 27, 2019 Yesterday, the chairman and other leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, John Barrasso (R-WY) and...

Under Current Law, Census Should Have Zero Effect on Highway Funding to States

June 28, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion that, at least temporarily, prohibits the Trump Administration from...

Trends in Per Capita VMT

June 7, 2019 A few weeks ago, I decided to divide the state-by-state estimates of the number of gallons of gasoline used on highways...

NHTSA Asks for Comments on Automated Driving Rule

On May 28, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM)...

FMCSA Takes First Step in Regulating Automated Driving for Trucks and Buses

This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its first step toward regulating automated systems in trucks...

Bipartisan Deal Struck for Bill With $5.8 Billion in Emergency Transportation and Infrastructure Funding

Yesterday afternoon, Congressional leaders struck a deal with President Trump to expedite a $19.1 billion of disaster relief aid for...

Transportation Opportunities for a Green New (Infrastructure) Deal

May 23, 2019 Last week, transportation and infrastructure professionals convened around the country to discuss priorities for a...

How Have Different State Populations Changed Their Gasoline Consumption?

May 21, 2019 The behavior of motorists in the U.S. has changed a lot in the last 35 or so years, and these changes have led to a...

House Votes to Increase Highway Emergency Funding by $500m, Encourage FHWA to Extend Deadlines

May 10, 2019 Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt two highway-related amendments to yet another bill...

Texas Reignites Donor State Debate

April 5, 2019 Texas tried to revive the old "donor state vs. donee state" highway funding debate last week. In a March 26 letter to...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of April 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 2 - House Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials -...

Guest Op-Ed: Sharing is Hard

March 28, 2019 As most parents can attest, teaching your children to share is one of the more difficult concepts to instill: it’s...

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