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It’s Not Just the Money

Better Roads Staff - Aug 07, 2013

It’s Not Just the Money

“If you have the money,” one of my favorite publishers used to say, “you can solve a lot of problems.” That’s certainly true in the context of America’s road and bridge infrastructure. But, just like in business, spending isn’t the solution to ...

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Transportation Infrastructure Funding: Efficiency is necessary but not sufficient

John Latta - Jul 26, 2013

Transportation Infrastructure Funding: Efficiency is necessary but not sufficient

It’s a case of on the one hand/on the other hand. New Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is saying that his department is “working to improve the efficiency and performance of our existing transportation system” and is “doing so in an ...

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New tolls on old interstates? Almost unthinkable.

John Latta - Jul 16, 2013

New tolls on old interstates? Almost unthinkable.

The issue of tolling existing interstates isn’t going away. It’s not popular and it’s down in the “slim and none” chances category in most analyses. But with highway funding hopelessly inadequate and no new source on the short-term horizon, this ...

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Funding talks on The Hill lay groundwork for reauthorization

John Latta - Jun 06, 2013

Funding talks on The Hill lay groundwork for reauthorization

Debriefing a number of contractors and agency folk who spent most of the daylight hours yesterday talking to politicians on The Hill last night was not a very uplifting experience. They had gone to talk to members of Congress who are ...

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An Occasional Series: One 2 One with some of the most interesting people in the business

Better Roads Staff - Jan 10, 2013

An Occasional Series:  One 2 One with some of the most interesting people in the business

FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez talks to Editor-in-Chief John Latta   Victor Mendez is Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), overseeing the agency and advising the Administration on strategic initiatives and policy. He launched FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative in November ...

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Lattatudes

Better Roads Staff - Jan 09, 2013

Lattatudes

Angelina Jolie       It’s not unreasonable to say that “new” media, “social” media and “digital” media rule lives. For older, working generations, the stuff is both essential and addictive. In the world of our young people, digital is the norm. A lot of ...

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A New Year’s resolution for the nation: Take care of your crumbling infrastructure

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jan 04, 2013

It’s “I told you so” time! A recent Washington Post report noted that bridges in Washington, D.C., are falling apart faster than they can be repaired and there just isn’t the money to repair them. This isn’t a news flash to the ...

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Fifty-state ‘Vehicle Miles Traveled’ tax/fee/charge study proposed

John Latta - Dec 17, 2012

Fifty-state ‘Vehicle Miles Traveled’ tax/fee/charge study proposed

Will your vehicle one day feel like a taxi cab? Oregon Democrat representative Earl Blumenauer has introduced legislation that would fund a 50-state Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) pilot program to examine a new source of highway funding.  The legislation calls on the ...

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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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Lattatudes

Better Roads Staff - Dec 01, 2012

Lattatudes

Get 'em Dirty   By John Latta   From the days when SAFETEA-LU’s expiration was way in the future, until today, I’ve followed Washington’s every move on reauthorization and visited the capital regularly to talk to people that mattered, officially or unofficially, in the ...

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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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It’s time to learn from your mistakes, Congress

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Sep 14, 2012

It’s time to learn from your mistakes, Congress

The House passed a six-month continuing resolution, H.J.Res. 117, on last night to fund the government until early 2013, according to a Sept. 14 report in the Association of American Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Journal. However, this comes without incorporating transportation ...

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