Funding

Seattle’s pay-by-mile gas tax pilot set to begin in a fortnight
News January 19, 2018
The city of Seattle, Wash., is looking to find a more diversified way of generating revenue, while also making the onus on its citizens as reasonable as possible.   Enter a pilot project that is set to begin in approximately two weeks, by which drivers will face a pay-by-mile gas tax, versus a per-...
roadway
News January 17, 2018
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is making a push to raise the federal gas tax by 25 cents per gallon to help pay for the nation’s infrastructure.   The proposal, which will be formally introduced later this week, is part of a series of principles the nation’s largest business lobby will offer in a bid...
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
bridge
Article January 03, 2018
Most department of transportation buildings do not have a door marked PRIVATE.   Since one figuratively does not exist, either because there is no interest in working with the private sector or it is simply not feasible, it is hard to see how President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure...
Traffic relief
News December 20, 2017
In an effort to deliver on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for the state of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
transportation projects
News November 29, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) gave back $4.3 million to the federal government, which had been allocated towards improving the state’s transportation systems.   The money was meant to target for alternative transportation to support pedestrian and bicycle oriented projects....
California gas tax opponents get go signal to petition repeal
News November 22, 2017
Nobody loves a tax increase—even if it’s the most direct means to making improvements. Such is the case for a small contingent in the state of California, which, along with other West Coast states such as Oregon and Washington, recently passed a gasoline tax increase aimed at boost revenue for road...
PR bridge

Image: Puerto Rico DTOP via AASHTO Journal

News November 20, 2017
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports.   That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
gas tax
News November 02, 2017
As of this week, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel as a result of the new gas tax.   The tax, approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor in April, is expected to raise roughly $5...
Trump administration may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package.
News October 26, 2017
According to political monitoring site The Hill, the Trump administration may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package.   It is reported that Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn told moderate House...
U.S. DOT
News October 12, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last week announced $15.5 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to six states that are exploring new ways to fund highway and bridge projects.   Alternatives to conventional financing are seen as imperative, FHWA...
U.S. DOT
News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
interstate expansion
News September 25, 2017
Michigan transportation officials plan to announce that the $1 billion I-75 widening project in Oakland County, the first major road plan in the state to use a private investment model instead of state and federal money, could be completed up to 10 years sooner than planned.   The Michigan...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
U.S. DOT FHWA
News September 15, 2017
State transportation agencies are sharing a $3.1-billion “bonus” through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) latest annual summer redistribution of unused highway funding.   The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which oversees FHWA, also has announced it is taking applications for a...
Damaged I-4 Florida after Hurricane Irma

Image source: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

News September 14, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system.   This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency...
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