TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMMING IN TODAY'S RAPIDLY CHANGING FISCAL ENVIRONMENT

Because of decreasing rates of revenue growth, increasing inflation, and growing maintenance and operating costs, revenues for transportation are insufficient to satisfy public expectations. This paper summarizes a discussion of how several states are altering the programming process to meet changing financial conditions. Maryland is emphasizing smaller, less costly highway projects, designing for current rather than future service needs, and planning more projects than can currently be funded. Texas, on the other hand, has embarked on an $11.8 billion 20-year highway construction program. Pennsylvania, concerned over abandonment of railroad branch lines, is providing subsidies for commuter rail lines. To allocate limited resources for airport development, Illinois has instituted a systematic project-selection process. At the local level, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is putting heavy reliance on federal-aid funds. Uncertainty in these funds causes a problem in programming. In an effort to hold local subsidies down, capital funds have been used for transit operations. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 20-22
  • Monograph Title: Transportation finance and charges, programming, and costs
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196587
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028256
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1982 12:00AM