Can Blue-Ribbon Group Bridge the Funding Gap?

This article reports on the current work of a blue-ribbon committee that is studying ways to increase levels of funding for transportation improvements in the U.S. The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission was authorized by the 2005 highway bill. Its members are traveling the country hearing testimony and attempting to settle on alternatives to the current system, which is based on the fuel tax, which has not been raised to compensate for reduced purchasing power. Commission member are listed, along with a history of events that led to its creation. Commission hearings have produced a few key messages: the public is experiencing longer trips, and more congestion; there is a boom in international trade; declining revenues stop large projects from being started; there is an erosion of the effectiveness of gas taxes; and there are higher material costs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 48-54
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042865
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 5:16PM