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Shifting the transit-funding paradigm: Transit finance grows up

By Mary Ebeling Development of creative financing and new revenue sources for transportation projects remains a hot topic in transportation circles. Public-private partnerships exist in highway transportation, often using tolls as the revenue source to attract private investment. Transit P3s,

PennDOT begins posting bridge weight limits in light of failure of transportation funding

By Robbie Webber In late June, as the Pennsylvania legislature debated whether or not to raise the wholesale gas tax, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch warned that he would likely have to place weight restrictions on bridges across the state in order to extend their useful life if additional funding

Colorado’s U.S. 36 project breaks new ground

By Eric Sundquist One of the highlights of SSTI’s recent workshop on the Transportation Alternatives Program was former Boulder, CO, Mayor Will Toor’s account of a project to improve a key corridor between Boulder and Denver. The U.S. 36 project, now underway, will expand a four-lane

State DOT funding increases for public transportation

By Chris Spahr A new report from AASHTO shows that state funding for transit has increased from $13.8 billion in FY 2007 to $13.983 billion in 2011. This funding increase is a result of 18 states increasing their public transit funding by $1.23 billion, which made up for decreases in some other

Proceedings from SSTI Community of Practice Meeting – Making the most of the Transportation Alternatives Program (SSTI, 2013)

MAP-21 makes some substantial changes to the funding stream that has fueled pedestrian and bicycle projects around the country. Among the changes in the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): combining previously separate programs, creating a sub-allocation requirement for MPOs and a

Virginia drops retail fuel tax; states struggle with transportation funding

By Robbie Webber When Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB 2313 into law, Virginia became the first state to completely eliminate the retail fuel gas tax. It will be replaced by a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline, a 6 percent tax on diesel, an increase in the cost to title a car, a $100 fee for

Light rail debate could put an end to the Columbia River bridge project

By Chris Spahr Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has taken the position that the new Columbia River Crossing bridge project will die if Washington State attempts to remove light rail from the project. “Governor Kitzhaber has been clear from the start: No light rail. No project. No kidding,” said

Montana and North Dakota show need for transit service in rural areas

By Mary Ebeling Transit services provide critical connectivity within and between communities of all sizes—urban and rural. A robust transportation system that includes public transit provides access to goods and services, and economic opportunity for those who cannot, or choose not to, drive.

Public supports system preservation, why not politicians?

By Eric Sundquist More evidence that the public strongly supports system preservation comes from a survey performed for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. When asked to rank the importance of a variety of potential priorities for WisDOT, preservation came out on top by a wide margin with

Alternatives to the Public Funding and Operation of Colorado’s Rest Areas (Colorado DOT, 2013)

As Colorado DOT continues to close rest areas due to tight budgets, it should look for alternatives to fund their operation and maintenance. These alternatives include small-scale strategies such selling tourism related items or lottery tickets, and a large-scale strategy that includes