AASHTO Journal, 15 March 2013
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Center for Excellence in Project Finance released this week a new online database on state transportation finance and governance. Building on its existing state-by-state informational database on highway finance, the new resource is based on a comprehensive 2011 report by the AASHTO Center and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
The database—which includes a detailed profile of every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico—offers a snapshot of a rich diversity of approaches to govern, finance, and ultimately deliver America’s transportation system. Specifically, information on transportation revenue tools, financing mechanisms, governance structures, and executive-legislative dynamics are presented in both mapped and tabular formats.
“We recognize the challenges every state currently faces to not only maintain their critical transportation assets, but to also expand them to support economy recovery and growth,” said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. “This database is deep with information and original research that can help guide the states to better understand the governmental and budgetary environments in which their peer state DOTs and legislatures operate.”
The 50-state Online Transportation Finance Database can be accessed at transportation-finance.org.