IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Washington to being testing a pay-by-mile tax – In fall 2017, the state of Washington will begin a pilot program, testing a system of charging drivers for the number of miles traveled, instead of charging them a gas tax. – Natasha Chen for KIRO7 – December 13, 2016

Walker standing firm on opposition to gas tax hike – The governor says he’s been pretty clear about his promise not to raise taxes or fees to help fund transportation in the state, and he plans to stand by it next spring. – Andrew Beckett for Wisconsin Radio Network – December 13, 2016

Commission says state needs $574 million for transportation projects – The Oregon Transportation Commission has recommended state legislators boost transportation spending by $574 million a year to upgrade roads and bridges and relieve traffic congestion in metro areas. – Paris Achen for Portland Tribune – December 13, 2016

California allocates $236 million for 40 transportation projects – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $236 million for 40 transportation projects across the state. – Chris Hill for Equipment World’s Better Roads – December 13, 2016

Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan wouldn’t actually fix America’s infrastructure problems – Donald Trump loves the idea of infrastructure. He brings it up all the time. He wants to make an infrastructure bill a priority in his first 100 days as president. And Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have said they’d love to work with him on this. – Brad Palmer for Vox – November 17, 2016

Sustainable infrastructure after the Automobile Age – The Breakthrough American infrastructure of the early 19th century was the Erie Canal, which connected the Midwest farm belt with the Port of New York and the eastern seaboard. In the second half of the 19th century, the railroad offered the next infrastructure revolution by connecting the two oceans and the continent in between. In the middle of the last century, the transformational infrastructure was the Interstate Highway System, consummating America’s 20th-century love affair with the automobile. Each new wave of infrastructure underpinned a half-century of economic growth. – Jeffrey D. Sachs for The Boston Globe – September 26, 2016

Illinois Safe Roads Amendment will end raids on transportation budget – Illinoi voters can reform state government in a limited yet very important way when they cast their ballots by approving the Safe Roads Amendment. – Herald-Whig View – September 25, 2016

Alameda Corridor dream becomes financial nightmare for Los Angeles and Long Beach ports – Sluggish trade from Asia through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has created financial peril for the once-heralded Alameda Corridor, the 20-mile train expressway designed to speed goods to market. – Rachel Uranga for LA Daily News – September 24, 2016

In Cash-Strapped States, Voters Could Protect Transportation Funds – Should transportation revenues — things like gas taxes and vehicle registration fees — be set aside and used only to fund transportation expenses? Most states say yes. And ballot initiatives in November could add two more to the list. – David C. Vock for Governing – September 23, 2016

Colorado envies Utah’s transportation system, seeks success tips – Colorado envies Utah’s transportation system and the taxes that built it — so 160 civic and business leaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, came to hear Beehive State officials offer some secrets for success Friday. – Lee Davidson for The Salt Lake Tribune – September 23, 2016