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Interstate Tolling and the Highway Trust Fund: Two Different Conversations

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

The debate over this year's transportation reauthorization bill has taken an important turn, as legislators, the public and the media are giving serious thought to a White House proposal that would allow states to toll existing Interstate highways to pay for their reconstruction.

5 Crucial Facts About the So-Called 'Transportation Cliff'

Randal O'Toole | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

Pundits are fretting over the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which some call the "transportation cliff." The real battle is not over the cliff but how Congress spends the renewed gas tax. Here are five facts to help people understand this debate.

Why States Should Have the Right to Choose Tolls to Rebuild Their Interstate Highways

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

For 58 years, the federal gas tax has been the main source of revenue to build and maintain the Interstate system. But with time, inflation and changing technology, the gas tax isn't what it used to be.

Obama Sends Transportation Plan To Congress

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration sent a four-year, $302 billion transportation plan to Congress on Tuesday, hoping to jump-start a nationa...

Congress: This Year, Protect Our Mass Transit

William Lynch III | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
William Lynch III

The economic development from mass transit is also tremendous. For one, public transit workers in America are typically represented by a labor union. This means workers have an advocate who will ensure they have decent wages, benefits and safe working conditions.

U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Tens of thousands of bridges, roadways, and railways in the United States are in need of a fix. Where's the money?

Eugene Mulero

U.S. Highways 'A Disaster' In Need Of Gas Tax Increase, Former Obama Official Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Eugene Mulero | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood intensified his criticism of Congress on Tuesday, saying the country's transportation system ...

Debunking the Myths of Highway Tolling

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

American drivers recognize that our highways are in immediate need of major overhaul or reconstruction. But there's a bigger structural problem beneath our crumbling roadways: our method of funding highway infrastructure is broken.

Matt Sledge

With Gas Tax Money Vanishing, Transportation Bills Mum On What Comes Next

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As both chambers of Congress continued to debate dueling surface transportation bills on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announ...

On Day One, Republicans Cripple Construction Industry

Rep. Joe Courtney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Joe Courtney

It took just hours for the new Republican House majority to craft a dangerous set of rules that threatens not just the way Congress works, but puts American jobs on the line as well.

Surface Transportation: The Need is Now

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Transit systems nationwide are hemorrhaging while history shows that transportation bills are engines of job creation and their services are in highest demand.