roads

Small increases in rainfall could cause big problems for road networks

By Rayla Bellis There is a lot we still don’t know about how climate change will affect transportation networks and how to make infrastructure more resilient, but new research sheds some light on these questions. A model developed to study the impacts of floods on road networks indicates that

Who pays for roads? Users, but only partly

By Eric Sundquist Most readers of this blog are well aware that subsidies are common across transportation modes. But it’s useful to have the numbers, and so periodic reports by the Tax Foundations, which supports “simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability” in the tax code, are

Transferring ownership: Some states look to reduce their roadway inventory

By Mary Ebeling For state DOTs these days, revenues are hard to find. Agencies looking for ways to decrease spending for the short and long term are giving serious consideration to transferring ownership of state-owned roads to the local governments through which these roads run. At the same time

High demand creates challenges for rail service in Washington state

By Chris Spahr Increased coal shipments to Washington State ports could significantly intensify congestion on both roads and rail lines. Two recent reports by Parametrix and the Sightline Institute discuss the impacts of increased shipments of fossil fuels (particularly coal) from Montana,

Glass roads?

“There’s 25,000 square miles of road surfaces, parking lots and driveways in the lower 48 states. If we covered that with solar panels with just 15 percent efficiency, we’d produce three times more electricity than this country uses on an annual basis, and it’s almost enough to power the

Streamlining that we would like to see in person

Big machines have an undeniable fascination. This one is billed as rolling out brick roads like carpet.