Since the passage of "Rhodeworks," a plan approved by the state legislature in 2016 to fund bridge repairs with a toll on heavy commercial trucks, Rhode Island has issued $60 million more construction contracts than in the prior year and added 800 construction jobs....read more
There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient...read more
Forty-four bills to increase transportation funding have been considered in 23 states so far in the 2016 legislative session, according to an updated report from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center. Of those considering methods to increase transportation...read more
A bill to increase the state gas tax by 1 cent-per-gallon (starting July 1, 2015), revisited every two years to reflect increases based on the rate of inflation; increase vehicle inspection fees from $39 to $55; and raise court fees drivers pay to dispute fines for...read more
The Michigan Senate adjourned for the week on Oct. 29 without making any progress on the House’s transportation funding proposal. With sessions scheduled Tuesday-Thursday for every week in October, lawmakers continue to hope they will reach a compromise. More The...read more
Six states raised their gas taxes on July 1 in order to help pay for transportation projects, but an ARTBA analysis shows actual retail prices at the pump mostly fell, in line with recent patterns. Residents of Idaho, Georgia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Nebraska and...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) is tracking 42 state and local transportation funding related ballot initiatives that will come up for vote on November 4. Voters have already decided the fate of 44 measures that were on the ballot during the...read more
Last week the Rhode Island House Finance Committee approved a plan to create a $28 million transportation infrastructure fund. Beginning July 1, the proposed budget will divert money from the state’s general fund, increase vehicle inspection fees from $39 to $55, and...read more
Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee Passes Bill to Establish Infrastructure Fund, Revoke Bridge Tolls
Yesterday the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee unanimously endorsed 2014 – S 2335, a bill to establish a statewide transportation infrastructure fund and block tolls on the Sakonnet Bridge. The act would redirect state funds to repair and maintain Rhode Island’s...read more
Rhode Island 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Excise tax: Alternative fuels are charged the state motor fuels tax per gallon (converted to the GGE or DGE when necessary).
- Specialty plate: Electric/hybrid vehicles may elect to purchase a specialty plate for a $31.50 fee.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Indexed to the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U).
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: LUST tax (1 cent-per-gallon).
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.