Transportation Funding

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The Unpopular Step That Would Popularize Electric Vehicles

Two words: tax carbon.

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We're Driving Less, So Should We Stop Building New Roads?

Four charts that point to the merits of fix-it-first road funding.

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Nicer Transit Stations Attract More Riders

But balancing quality and cost is no easy task.

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Your In-Car Navigation System Is Already Watching You

A GAO report finds that consumers may not know all the privacy risks that come with GPS tracking.

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3 Missed Chances to Pay for New York's Subway Expansions

It's time to cover the costs of transit investments by capturing the rising value of adjacent land.

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How Utah Turned Its Unpopular Public Transit System Into a Hit

The state doubled its light rail line in just 7 years, with the broad support of users and non-users alike.

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Rand Paul's Weird Fixation on Slashing Bike Lane and Sidewalk Funding

The amount of money he's talking about is roughly the federal equivalent of the change you'd find in your couch.

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Finally, a Plan to Pay for Public Transit With Highway Tolls

In Tampa, an innovative idea called "bus toll lanes" could pad the farebox with road revenue.

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Why Are HOT Lanes Struggling to Make Money?

Broadly speaking, the answer comes down to poor planning and a commuter learning curve.

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Why America's Bridges Are in Such Dangerously Bad Shape

There are many answers, but they all boil down to the structure of federal transportation funding.

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The End of Federal Transportation Funding as We Know It

The diminishing power of the gas tax has renewed debate about how — and even whether — Washington can pay for local roads and rails.

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Who Should Pay for Transportation?

A new generation of funding schemes turns the "user fee" on its head.

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Will We Finally See an Increase to State and Federal Gas Taxes?

Long a political poison, lawmakers are bringing fuel charges back to the bargaining table.

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Why Are States Passing Up Billions in Federal Transit Funds?

The GAO reports that only a tenth of $53 billion in flexible transportation funding went to transit in the past five years.

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Submit Your Questions for Ray LaHood

The outgoing Secretary of Transportation will answer questions from Atlantic Cities readers here later this month.

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Where State Transportation Money Goes

A new state-by-state analysis shows just how transportation dollars are spent.

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Are Road Use Fees Just Too Creepy to Work?

Paying for roads based on usage makes intellectual sense, but so far drivers are unconvinced that tracking their movements would ever be OK