The ability for states and cities to partially fund transportation projects with “new, non-Federal revenue” will be a factor when applying for grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Infrastructure Investments program this year. Credit will be given for states that increased taxes or tolls for transportation revenue going back to January 2015. Read More>>
The closure of 500 Mississippi deficient bridges has inconvenienced residents, caused unnecessary wear-and-tear on vehicles, created concerns over emergency services, and affected students’ ability to get to school on time and school districts’ fuel costs, according to residents. Read More>>
A recent poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found that 84 percent of likely voters in Mississippi believe it is the legislature’s job to find a solution for the state’s transportation fund shortfall, and two-thirds of respondents would support a phased-in fuel tax increase as a solution. Read More>>
After questions arose over lack of funds in a county road and bridge program, Oklahoma State Department of Transportation officials said May 1 that $230 million has been diverted from the account over the past four years to non-transportation programs. The agency is unable to fund new projects until the revenue has been replenished. Read More>>
The I-95 Corridor Coalition began its interstate mileage-based user fee pilot study with 120 participants on May 1. The first phase will conclude on July 1, with the second phase— a multi-state truck pilot program— beginning in 2019. Route I-95 stretches along the East Coast from Florida to Maine.
A plan to increase four local taxes to fund a Nashville transit plan that would have included light rail failed to gain traction with voters, with 64 percent voting against the measure on May 1. Read More>>