A small city tries to fund sidewalk improvements

Missoula, Montana—a city of roughly 70,000 people— for decades had a policy similar to many cities of allowing property owners to decide if they wanted a sidewalk, and pay for it themselves. This created city streets that resembled “broken teeth,” where properties with sidewalks were next

The high speed rail quandry

The future of high speed rail in America continues to be uncertain. Before a last minute vote by a senate committee to restore $100 million for the program, Congress was ready to vote in September to cut all funding for high speed rail programs. But this is only a fraction of the $2 billion a

Take me out to the ballpark, but make me walk the last mile

A story in mid-December highlighted the disconnect between what clubs will pay for players and a stadium vs. what they are willing to pitch in for transit. The Miami Marlins just completed a new stadium, and the county lent the team $35 million for the project, but a proposed shuttle from the

Value capture fuels transit expansion in Charlotte area

State and local transit planners in North Carolina are looking at a plan that combines two forms of value capture in order to construct and operate commuter rail running north from Charlotte. The plan, made public in December, would rely both on tax-increment financing (TIF) and special

Barge industry jumping on PR band wagon as river infrastructure begins to age

The barge industry is taking a page from freight railroad’s ad campaign to make its efficiencies known. They want to remind elected officials and average Americans that the river infrastructure, on which barge traffic depends, also needs funding as locks and dams operate on borrowed

Transit funding shrinks despite increasing ridership

A recent New York Times article notes that, since 1995, transit ridership in the U.S. has grown by 31 percent, outstripping both VMT and population.  This is true even in cities that lack good transit systems. The growth is attributed to increasing numbers of baby boomer retirees riding

Underfunded Wyoming DOT says it will stop highway expansion to concentrate on maintenance.

Under financial strain, the Wyoming Department of Transportation has said it will stop approving highway expansion projects. Instead, the Department’s resources will be directed toward maintaining a state of good repair for the current road system. In this 2 minute video WYDOT told AASHTO that

Funding infrastructure repairs: Pennsylvania considers its options

Budget constraints and a bleak economic forecast are forcing Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania to consider new ways to fund improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure. The Governor’s advisory commission estimates that $2.7 billion is needed to bring the system to a state of

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

Road pricing: public perceptions and program development

As state and local governments grapple with reduced revenue from traditional sources, deferred maintenance needs, and traffic congestion, many are searching for ways to generate revenue and reduce congestion without making major capital investments. An NCHRP report released earlier this year,