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Rethinking transportation for the 21st century

Rethinking transportation for the 21st century

The Hill
By Dennis M. Powell, Opinion Contributor

Advances in technology are framing a new and exciting vision for the future of transportation. One that our current policies, laws and regulations are not prepared to meet.

The model for building and funding transportation infrastructure has not changed very much over the past 60 years since the creation of our interstate highway system was enacted into law.  Road building, repair and maintenance are funded by user fees collected as gas tax at both the state and federal levels.

Gas taxes represent about 85 percent of all federal revenues.  Also, each state collects additional gas tax plus other fees including licensing and registration.  Thirty states have addressed transportation funding since 2012.   The federal government has not raised its gas tax since 1993. 

What transportation lacks is a compelling vision for the future that would generate excitement and spur legislative action.  This new vision is beginning to take shape. Morgan Stanley reported the future for the automobile will be “shared, autonomous and electric.” These shifts will force policy-makers to rethink transportation infrastructure in the United States and how it is funded... FULL ARTICLE 

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