Monthly Archives: February 2013

The President’s Infrastructure Plan – When $50 Billion Doesn’t Go as Far as it Used To

On February 20, 2013, the President released his Plan to Make America a Magnet for Jobs by Investing in Infrastructure, which calls for adopting a “fix-it-first” approach to infrastructure expenditure.  The Plan recycles the President’s proposal from the American Jobs Act (first rolled out in September 2011, and again in December 2012 as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations) for a $50 billion investment in transportation infrastructure. … More

Governments Look to Alternative Sources of Revenue to Fund Transportation

Late last year, the Government Accounting Office issued a report indicating that road user fees could be a more equitable way to pay for our national surface transportation system.  The report’s findings were not surprising.  For years, economists have told us that our nation’s reliance on the gasoline tax as its primary (not its only) way to fund our surface transportation program was folly. … More

Toll Equity: Essential to the Transportation Funding Debate

In the race to embrace “open road” or “all-electronic” roadway tolling in Massachusetts, long overdue as it is, we must be sure to take a critical look at the assumptions for how and where we implement this 21st century technology.  Are we simply going to impose a new technology for collecting tolls on our 20th century highway tolling system?

Today, the only Bay State roadways where tolls are collected are the Mass Turnpike (I-90), … More