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Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nation’s Transportation Challenges

Transportation for America, the Reason Foundation and Taxpayers for Common Sense have teamed to produce a report that proposes cost-effective strategies to get the most for our transportation money.

The report, “The Most for Our Money: Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nation’s Transportation Challenges, outlines seven specific tools that would significantly improve our nation’s transportation system by reducing future congestion, plan for the future, better utilize existing capacity and increase the safety of our roads and bridges.

  1. Scenario planning: Finding ways to get the “biggest bang for the buck”
  2. High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes: Increasing capacity with roadway pricing
  3. Bus-Rapid Transit (BRT): A cost-effective rapid transit option 
  4. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS): Using Technology to Increase Capacity
  5. Intercity Buses: Connecting communities with taxpayer-friendly transportation
  6. Teleworking: Reducing commuter impacts on congested transportation systems
  7. Local Street Connectivity: Protecting investments in major corridors with increased local connectivity

For example, according to the press release, the implementation of scenario planning would bring together local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional councils to assess forecasted data on transportation demands and develop “what-if” scenarios to indicate how potential systems would function as populations expand. Legislators, businesses and the public would then assess these scenarios and come to agreement on the most favorable solution. Changes to “business as usual” can result in a more efficient transportation system at a lower cost.

 “Needless to say, the obstacles facing our transportation system are large, especially given the current state of the economy and difficult funding climate,” said James Corless, director of Transportation for America. “But by making smart, selective choices about how our vital dollars are spent — fixing what we have first and looking for ways to better utilize the system — we can maintain our current network and better meet changing transportation needs.”

Reconnecting America co-chairs Transportation for America.