A Guide to Transportation Funding Options
It is a known fact that federal, state and local governments are struggling to meet the transportation needs of people and goods. The reluctance to increase taxes at all levels combined with the declining purchasing power of those revenues and the increased costs for all modes of transportation have required that all funding options and opportunities be explored. This website is designed to serve as a resource to decision-makers. It simply and clearly spells out the options that are available across all modes and all levels of government. It is meant to be a quick reference.
The term surface transportation encompasses many things, including:
- passenger rail
- freight rail
- ports and waterways
Each of these modes does and should interact with each other. This interaction enables people and goods to move throughout the country in a manner that appears seamless to the average user. By contrast, the funding of the various components is often very compartmentalized. To meet the demands for the 21st century, it may be necessary to "re-adjust" the current thinking about transportation funding.