As gas tax yields less revenue, renewed focus is placed on a mileage tax

Higher fuel efficiency standards and a weak economy have made the motor-fuel tax—the principal fundraiser for road costs in the US for 80 years—increasingly less viable. As better mileage becomes the norm in the American car industry, consumers will use less fuel, thus decreasing government

Alaska “bridge to nowhere,” still on the table

Despite the hammering that it took in the 2008 election campaigns, the “bridge to nowhere” is still on the table, according to a recent Washington Post article. The bridge would connect Anchorage to a nearby peninsula, with a price tag estimated at $4 billion by one financial analyst, and a

Where we are today: Five-year trend from 2005 to 2010 shows less commuting by car

New Census data for 2010 show a gradual trend toward less commuting by car and truck, and more by transit, walking and biking. In the nation as a whole, driving to work edged down to 90.2 percent from 90.9 percent five years earlier. Transit rose to 4.9 percent from 4.7 percent, while ped-bike

And where we might be tomorrow: Bill Ford says “The mobility model we have today, will not work tomorrow.”

Bill Ford of Ford Motor Company spoke on the future of transportation where the world’s current 800 million cars may have increased to 2-4 billion cars by 2050. His concluding thoughts about the infrastructure of tomorrow point to a high-tech optimization of mobility. For another speculation

Saving money on health care: Chicago to institute new wellness plan for city employees

In a time of increasingly tight municipal budgets, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a wellness plan for city employees that will use incentives to save up to $240 million in health costs over the next four years. Following a model used in private industry for some time, the City will soon

Virginia DOT begins public-private partnership to maintain state rest areas

To defray operating and maintenance costs associated with rest areas and welcome centers in the state, the Virginia Department of Transportation recently announced that it has entered into a public-private partnership with CHR Catering to increase revenues. The partnership is part of the

Reducing congestion – Some examples from FHWA of operational strategies

An FHWA Office of Operations report, 2010 Urban Congestion trends: Enhancing System Reliability with Operations, emphasizes the need for more effective use of innovative traffic management and operational strategies. The report details successful strategies states and communities are

Holland’s new ‘truck train’

The Dutch city of Utrecht has a new way to remove trucks from the central city in order to improve air quality and reduce congestion. While some freight is already being delivered directly to stores in the city by barge on the city’s canal network, the new Cargohopper service—an electric

Court strikes down FMCSA’s E-log regulation

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down a rule imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requiring the use of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) by drivers working for carriers that have been found to be significantly out of compliance with HOS rules

Society pays more for trucking

A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released earlier this year, details the far greater marginal costs imposed on society from trucking than rail or waterborne shipping. These costs include public infrastructure costs (such as pavement repair) as well as external costs such as