With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

To illustrate the need for increased funding, the Mississippi Department of Transportation took a group of lawmakers on a tour of the state’s most troubled transportation infrastructure over the summer. According to the department’s executive director, safety is the first priority, with over 500 bridges in need of replacement and worn down pavement that requires maintenance. Read More>>

In an editorial published Oct. 17, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) chairman Charlie Zelle outlined several transportation shortfalls and urged voters to consider the funding plans of state candidates in the upcoming general election. Zelle stated that MnDOT’s road construction funding will drop nearly 30 percent next year, with a growing transportation funding gap of $18 billion over the next 20 years. The chairman also predicted that 2017 will be a “make or break year” for long-term transportation funding. Read More>>

Democratic lawmakers in Colorado on Oct. 14 voted against a proposition that would allow the state to borrow up to $5.5 billion for transportation over the next 20 years. Democrats claimed the plan would divert millions away from the state’s general fund, while supporters of the proposition cited dire issues with the state’s transportation infrastructure, including a $25 billion transportation budget shortfall over the next 25 years. Read More>>