Category Archives: Transportation

Getting to Yes on Mileage-Based User Fees

Here are two recent headlines about efforts to begin the transition to paying for highways based on miles driven rather than gallons of fuel: “Senate Votes to Prohibit Mileage Tax,” Connecticut Post, May 25, 2017 “States Considering Taxing Drivers by … Continue reading

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Interstate Tolling: New Support—and Old Misconceptions

After hinting at it for several months, the White House made it clear last month: the Administration wants states to have the option of using toll financing to modernize their aging Interstate highways. Having a toll revenue stream would also … Continue reading

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Could Asset Recycling Be the Answer for Trump Infrastructure Plan?

In my April column in Public Works Financing, I pointed out that the Trump Administration faces a dilemma in its quest for a $1 trillion infrastructure program based largely on private capital investment via public-private partnerships (P3s). Any such program must … Continue reading

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Some Surprising Possible Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles

My in-box these days is flooded by commentaries and studies dealing with our autonomous vehicles (AV) future. It’s hard to keep up, but three recent items struck me as particularly interesting. The first was from Scientific American, “How Pedestrians Will … Continue reading

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Virginia Tech OK’s Intelligent Infrastructure Initiative

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors voted Monday to approve a $78 million plan to make the university a leader in “intelligent infrastructure.” The term encompasses everything from self-driving cars and drones to smart construction and energy systems — areas, in the words of President Tim Sands, that are “related to energy systems for the cities of the future and the way that people move in and around those cities.” Continue reading

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