Highways and Streets

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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.

America’s Infrastructure Crisis Isn’t Overstated

BY BRIAN PALLASCH Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives American Society of Civil...

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...

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

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

Labor Day on the Roads, Thanksgiving in the Skies

BY ROGER DOW President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association Last weekend millions of Americans struggled to get where they wanted to go...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Three New Visionary Ideas for the President

When President Obama gave his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, the transportation community reaction was mixed. The...

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