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Depends what you mean by "relevant" or "earmark."

John Latta - Mar 22, 2013

Depends what you mean by "relevant" or "earmark."

When it comes to transportation infrastructure, what is "relevant" and what is an "earmark?" The debate arises courtesy of Minnesota Republican Representative and former Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann. And while the debate comes from a meeting where she spoke, it is ...

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Highway Trust Fund $365.5 billion in debt by 2036 - AED report

John Latta - Feb 22, 2013

Highway Trust Fund $365.5 billion in debt by 2036 - AED report

Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall will be in the coming decades. The report, conducted for the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) by William and Mary University's Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, forecasts that over the next 23 years the Highway Trust ...

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Somebody blinked: States making moves for transportation infrastructure funds

John Latta - Feb 19, 2013

Somebody blinked: States making moves for transportation infrastructure funds

As the inevitability of dwindling fuel tax revenues keeps butting heads with the inevitable need for more funding for transportation infrastructure, something has to give. States are now making moves instead of just talking about them, as this New York ...

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Uh oh, somebody's out of touch on the gas tax

John Latta - Feb 14, 2013

Uh oh, somebody's out of touch on the gas tax

If something is unpopular but beneficial to the American public, do you as a member of Congress (a) support it, or (b) check the polls because sometimes what's good for the country could get a person unelected. The U.S. Chamber of ...

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The Roundabout Way to Safety and Saving

John Latta - Jan 22, 2013

The Roundabout Way to Safety and Saving

Go around. For older drivers it seems roundabouts may be the optimal intersection design. Apparently  for most age groups, surprisingly even for the impatient driver of any age. Less accidents, more traffic flow. This from a University of Maine study which also ...

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Pushing the toll option

John Latta - Jan 10, 2013

Pushing the toll option

The International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is launching what it calls an "aggressive" campaign to show us the benefits of tolling AND suggesting more of it. With highway infrastructure in such abysmal shape, tolling has to be on ...

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A fuel tax chance missed?

John Latta - Dec 19, 2012

A fuel tax chance missed?

Uh oh. Perhaps it's best seen as a good news/bad news scenario. Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire has proposed a new excise tax on the wholesale cost of gasoline and diesel fuel to raise $368 million in its first two years and more ...

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Whispering the T Word

John Latta - Dec 05, 2012

Whispering the T Word

TAX! Nothing like shouting a three-letter word ending in X to get your attention. But no, we’re not talking income tax. The gas tax is back on a table in Washington. The 18.3 cents a gallon tax, un-indexed and unchanged in almost ...

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Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Dec 01, 2012

Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

One More Letter to Write   By Kirk Landers With another bitterly contentious election under our belts, most Americans would like to live in a world without politicians and robocalls and super PACs for at least a little while. But for people in ...

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It's Still Raining Obvious, Congressman.

John Latta - Oct 12, 2012

It's Still Raining Obvious, Congressman.

FLASHBACK -- Here's a paper from 2003. I stumbled on it and deja vu! It's simple title is A Dozen Reasons for Raising Gasoline Taxes. Reading it is weird: the 12 arguments are not old.  All the way through the winding ...

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Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Aug 05, 2012

Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Passing a Kidney Stone     “A tie,” football coach Vince Lombardi is said to have famously said, “is like kissing your sister.” If we accept this wisdom from the Green Bay Packers legend, it follows that the recently enacted federal transportation bill is ...

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Kirk Landers -- Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Kirk Landers -- Editor Emeritus

Five Radical Concepts     From traffic gridlock to sunbathing, summer brings most of us some long hours in which contemplative thought is possible. If you have trouble thinking of something to ponder, here are five possibilities …   1. It’s time for the road ...

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