Metropolitan Transportation Funding: Prospects, Progress, and Practical Considerations

In light of the waning revenue-generating capacity of federal and state transportation user fees, some states and regions are implementing institutional innovations that allow greater metropolitan-level involvement in transportation finance. This article discusses different models for providing metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) with revenue-generating authority, the conditions under which different models may be more or less attractive, and what characteristics may make some MPOs candidates for such innovation. Institutional and practical considerations are also examined. A view of current transportation finance and policy trends provides context for the discussion, as does an account of how MPOs and their transportation projects are funded today. Examples are given of how various MPOs in the United States are meeting their transportation needs through these institutional innovations.


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  • Accession Number: 01076430
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 1 2007 11:07AM