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Crafting messages for funding system preservation

By Beth Kanter Infrastructure is oblivious to shrinking budgets. Faced with decreasing dollars, state departments of transportation are forced to make difficult decisions about how to spend limited transportation funds. But voters understand how hard it is to make choices between competing

Roads buckling under the weight of the shale gas industry

By Bill Holloway As hydraulic fracturing technology has made it possible to extract natural gas from reserves across the U.S., many states and small towns are facing the challenge of how to prevent their roads from being destroyed by the industry’s trucks. Though each individual well requires

How do we get “everyday Americans” to support transportation funding?

By Beth Kanter  Despite the fact that everyone uses some mode of transportation, a recent article in Governing Magazine explored the transportation community’s failure to engage “everyday Americans” in the need for transportation investments. There is too much at stake – jobs, money,

U.S. Treasury report outlines need for road maintenance, transit investment, and alternatives to driving

A new report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury says that Americans are wasting gas and time every year due to traffic on congested roads. Maintenance costs due to poor road conditions add additional financial burdens to family budgets. In total, the report estimates that insufficiencies in

Congress debates raising the 80,000 pound truck weight limit

Congress set the current 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks on Interstate highways in 1991. For years proponents of raising the limit have argued that it would reduce the number of trucks on the road, shipping costs, and congestion. On the other side of the argument are those who believe these

Montana tries a biodegradable corrosion inhibitor to save money, reduce maintenance, and be more environmentally friendly

Many states and municipalities are trying new mixtures to keep their roads safe in nasty winter weather. Montana is developing yet another blend to inhibit the corrosion of bridges and vehicles, this time with corn sugar, one product that the U.S. has in abundance. Road salt is notorious for the

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

Failure to act will cost money, a lot of money

“The nation’s deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 870,000 jobs, and increase transportation costs by $430 billion by 2020,” according to a report conducted by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston for the American Society

Kansas Increases Funding for Railroad Loan/Grant Program

Recognizing the importance of rail service to industries and communities dependent on moving heavy, lower-value-per-ton goods, Kansas recently increased funding for its State Rail Service Improvement Fund (SRSIF) from $3 million to $5 million annually. The program provides low-interest loans and