funding

Transit-Oriented Development in the States (NCLS, 2012)

This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures examines state legislative action to define transit-oriented development, plan for and fund TOD, provide “last-mile” transportation solutions to get to and from a transit stop, and a number of other states strategies to encourage

Finding the middle – balancing public and private interests with P3s

By Mary Ebeling Many agencies have been slow to adopt a Public Private Partnership (P3) model for transportation and infrastructure financing. As traditional revenue sources dry up, governments at all levels are taking an increasingly hard look at using a P3 funding model. P3s offer enormous

An environmentalist’s call to curb the federal role in transportation

By Eric Sundquist In the post-Interstate-building era, questions about the role of the federal government in funding surface transportation have become more common. Critics from donor states, for example, have argued that they should just keep their money at home, avoiding the transaction costs

Virginia governor proposes scrapping gas tax, raising sales tax to fund transportation

By Eric Sundquist Most discussion of possible solutions to the problem of stagnant gas tax revenues has focused on increasing user fees in some way – e.g., by raising fuel taxes, adding tolls, and/or adding VMT-based fees. The Minnesota Transportation Finance Advisory Committee called for all

Midsize Cities on the Move: A Look at the Next Generation of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar Projects in the United States (Reconnecting America, 2012)

Transit agencies in large cities receive significant attention because they both move so many people and are so complex, often with bus, light rail, subways, commuter rail, and other modes tied into one system. In more rural areas, transit serves to overcome large geographic distances and

SSTI Report on State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources (SSTI, 2013)

This SSTI report examines innovative, sustainable transportation funding models to assist decision-makers in identifying policies and practices to augment the current fuel tax revenue system. The report provides a broad account of these funding methods, where they have been implemented or

Washington State Energy Efficiency Education Campaign (Spitfire Strategies, 2012)

As part of Spitfire’s work with SSTI and the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop a collaborative transportation energy efficiency campaign, Spitfire conducted a series of research activities to inform campaign planning. Through stakeholder interviews, case studies, mode

The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2012)

SSTI and Smart Growth America have updated The Innovative DOT with new content and case studies. The 2014 edition of the handbook can be found here. The Innovative DOT: A handbook of policy and practice Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking. Yet state Departments of Transportation (DOTs)

Can we talk? How to communicate on transportation issues

By Robbie Webber Anyone who has tried to talk to a member of the general public about transportation issues knows that eyes quickly glaze over. Gas taxes, freight policy, transit schedules, and infrastructure priorities just aren’t sexy subjects. Sure, people want to get places and know what

Smart Growth America helps Tennessee with familiar problem: Many projects and limited funds

By Robbie Webber A technical assistance report from Smart Growth America revealed that Tennessee DOT has a problem: nine times more projects in its work plan than it has funding. They needed an analysis of which projects were a priority and how some needs might be addressed by less expensive