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

Michigan-Chicago route gains 110 mph passenger rail, and other Midwest states seem eager to follow

Last week, Amtrak service in western Michigan and northern Indiana reached speeds of 110 miles per hour, marking the first expansion of regional high-speed rail in the U.S. outside of the northeast corridor. The speeds were achieved on an 80-mile stretch of track between Kalamazoo, Michigan and

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

Capping urban highways can reconnect neighborhoods.

Cities are finding ways to connect neighborhoods and gain valuable urban space by building new types of bridges over freeways when they are reconstructed. The Chicago Tribune describes how some cities have created green space, while other “caps” or “lids” are converted to retail areas.

Study: Grandma and Grandpa driving more safely

You may not believe it, but Grandma and Grandpa are driving more safely than they did a decade ago. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, older drivers are driving more safely in recent years reports the Chicago Tribune. A study commissioned by the IIHS says that drivers 70

No unanimity on Illinois Tollway proposal to increase tolls

The Illinois Tollway wants to fund a $12 billion 15-year capital plan with increases in tolls. Two-thirds of the money is to keep the existing 286 miles of the Tollway in a state of good repair and one-third to expansion projects. If the increase goes through, I-PASS holders will see their rates