How States are Rethinking Roads

July 17, 2018 - State and local governments are experimenting with plastic bridges, whitewashed roads and depaving projects, but each comes with a price.

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It's Time to Rethink America's Failing Highways

June 12, 2018 - In his new book, Rethinking America's Highways, Robert Pool makes the case that because highways really are utilities, they need to be financed and operated as utilities, rather than as politicized, state-owned enterprises. That means each highway needs and owner. Highway customers should pay their highway bills directly to that owner, based on how much they use the roads and how damaing their vehicle is to the pavement. The owern should assess the need for new links or more lanes, and finance the construction by issuing long-term revenue bonds. Of course, as with any other major construction projects, they should have to comply with existing planning and environmental regulations.

This might sound like a libertarian fantasy, but Poole agues that it's a model with a long history that stretches into the present day.

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Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels

June 11, 2018 - The potential appeal of solar roads - modified solar panels that are installed in place of asphalt - is clear. Generating electricity from highways and streets, rather than in fields and deserts packed with solar panels, could conserve a lot of land. Now, such roads are finally becoming viable. Prices have fallen drastically in recent years - thanks in large part to soaring Chinese production, a solar panel costs a tenth of what it did a decade ago. Road buiders in China even want to design solar roads that can wirelessly recharge electric cars running on them, emulating a recent American experiment.

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Keeps All Options Open for Funding Infrastucture

May 14, 2018 - Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao delivered keynote remarks to kick off Infrastructure Week, a series of transportation-related seminars across the country. Chao noted that she and fellow administration leaders are considering about 16 funding mechanisms and that nore is totally supported by everyone.

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Lawmakers and TxDOT Look to Reduce Traffic Congestion

April 17, 2018 - The Texas House of representative Committee on Transportation is looking at how TxDOT can reduce congestion and increase mobility, while completeing projects on time and under budget. 

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