Transportation Funding

April 5, 2015, 7am PDT
Michigan—the state that spends less per capita on its roads than every other state—just got bad news about the state of its roads. Will it be enough to convince voters to pass a sales tax initiative to generate $1.2 billion in funding for roads?
Detroit Free Press
March 25, 2015, 2pm PDT
City officials in Seattle have proposed a levy on property owners that would finance an integrated approach to transportation infrastructure improvements.
Crosscut
March 11, 2015, 9am PDT
SB 1048, proposed by Senator Bob Hall (R-Rockwall), levels an unprecedented attack on transit in Texas. Although it's probably an extreme example of dead-on-arrival legislating, it's notable that an elected official would consider such a proposal.
Examiner.com
Feature
February 11, 2015, 6am PST
Kenneth Orski, editor and publisher of Innovation NewsBriefs, examines how state governments are beginning to accept more responsibility for transportation funding.
C. Kenneth Orski
Blog post
January 30, 2015, 5am PST
There are plenty of opinions but no action on the issue of transportation funding in the United States. What will it take to move the country—and its states, regions, and localities—forward?
Steven Polzin
January 29, 2015, 2pm PST
As communities are rethinking the dominant paradigms of the last 60 years of transportation planning, traditional funding mechanisms are coming up well short of needs. A new guidebook will help state DOTs sort it all out.
Smart Growth for America
January 27, 2015, 10am PST
A guest column on the Saporta Report offers a reminder of the many critical public needs that compete with transportation funding for state dollars.
Saporta Report
January 7, 2015, 6am PST
Charles Marohn starts off the year strong by throwing down the gauntlet on the perpetual transportation funding debate.
Strong Towns
November 12, 2014, 1pm PST
Thanks to voters, at least $1.2 billion in oil and gas taxes a year that would normally have been directed to the state's Rainy Day Fund is diverted to the highway fund, where it will be used to improve the state's crumbling road infrastructure.
Newsradio 1200 WOAI
October 26, 2014, 5am PDT
In a poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, Americans were found to prefer allocating transportation funding towards transit expansion rather than road widening.
Streetsblog USA
October 21, 2014, 10am PDT
Clark Williams-Derry shares news of what he calls "far and away the most responsible official traffic forecast I’ve seen from any government agency, ever."
Sightline Daily
August 25, 2014, 10am PDT
North Texans aren't happy with a planned network of toll roads, claiming that they're taxed and tolled enough already. A series of public hearings is intended to spread more information about the growing network of toll roads.
Dallas News
August 22, 2014, 1pm PDT
On Wednesday, officials celebrated the final fiscal installment of the $2.3 billion 10-mile BART extension planned to open in 2018.
San Jose Mercury
June 14, 2014, 1pm PDT
Some are calling it a political crisis, but no matter the cause of the trend, toll roads are about soon to be a ubiquitous fact of life in North Texas.
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2014, 11am PDT
All taxes are not equally disliked—some are more tolerated than others. Jack Craver of The Cap Times examines an academic poll and speaks with policy makers and one advocate about the least objectionable options to pay for roads in Wisconsin.
The Cap Times
June 7, 2014, 9am PDT
All but nine states have decreased the number of "structurally deficient" bridges since the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. That improvement, however, is far from permanent. Can the federal government and states maintain their progress?
Governing
June 3, 2014, 2pm PDT
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay released a wish list of projects that could be funded by a proposed sales tax to fund transportation projects.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 22, 2014, 11am PDT
The Texas Transportation Commission's choice to run the Texas Department of Transportation is a former Marine Corps lieutenant general with a progressive take on the state's transportation challenges.
Dallas Morning News
May 11, 2014, 5am PDT
If Congress can't agree how to fund the Highway Trust Fund shortfall, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned state DOTs that he will be unable to reimburse them for funds already spent. The redline is the $4 billion mark projected to come July.
The Wall Street Journal - Politics and Policy
May 1, 2014, 6am PDT
Although its unclear just how much influence the Department of Transportation's surface transportation authorization bill, called GROW AMERICA, will have (if any at all), the bill makes apparent a sea change with regard to tolling of the interstates.
Washington Post