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New ATRI Research Provides Clear Guidance on Infrastructure Investment


Novemver 14, 2017 

As the Ports-to-Plains Alliance continues its advocacy for fixing the federal Highway Trust Fund and for the state level funding, we believe it is critical to look carefully at transportation funding options. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released A Framework for Infrastructure Funding which assesses the nation’s infrastructure funding options.  Did you know that to support the nation’s infrastructure, the trucking industry pays $41.3 billion in federal and state highway-user taxes.  The trucking industry, in fact, pays nearly 46 percent of highway user fees collected for the Highway Trust Fund.

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance hopes you will not only read the news release but download the complete assessment.  As the news release indicates, “the only meaningful mechanism for attaining the administration’s vision for a large-scale infrastructure program is through a federal fuel tax increase.  The inefficiency of other mechanisms, including mileage-based user fees and increased tolling, will fall far short of the needed revenue stream without placing undue hardship on system users.”

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a well-known leader in transportation-related research, is an organization whose hallmark is innovative thinking, critical analysis and uncompromised excellence. As part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Federation, ATRI benefits from the broad support of the ATA and its members.

The ATA represents over 35,000 motor carriers through the affiliated trucking associations in 50 states. As a result of ATRI’s prominence within the trucking industry, state and federal agencies turn to ATRI for trucking-related research, particularly when industry insight and cooperation is essential to the success of the project. 

Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure

60 Minutes/CBS Video Link

The following is a script of "Falling Apart" which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. James Jacoby, Michael Karzis and Maria Gavrilovic, producers.

There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart, and at least in one respect they're correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete.  All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute. Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen and presidents have complained about a lack of funding for years, but aside from a one time cash infusion from the stimulus program, nothing much has changed. There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the massive amounts of money needed to fix it, just another example of political paralysis in Washington…


Finding funding for transportation biggest challenge, says AASHTO’s new president

What will Congress do? 323 days to the transportation fiscal cliff... Is $20 per household too much to ask for a competive transportation system?

Hancock stressed, though, that AASHTO is not recommending any one particular transportation funding solution. “We’re trying to establish a ‘menu’ of options Congress to consider; we’re not prescribing or favoring any particular set,” he explained. “We can only list potential options of how it can be done; it’s up to Congress to decide what to use.”

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November 11, 2013

Mike Hancock, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and newly elected president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), believes that figuring out how to fund both near- and long-term U.S. transportation needs is going to be “the single toughest issue we face” and will represent one of AASHTO’s top priorities in the coming years.

“We’ve got to make sure Congress and the American people understand that the highway trust fund [HTF] is not able to sustain itself and will not provide the funds we so desperately need to maintain and expand our transportation networks in this country,” he explained in a telephone interview with Fleet Owner…