Tag: "Transportation"

Senate Energy Policy Leaves Out Oil and Highway Funding

The focus of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 includes energy efficiency and conservation, protecting the electric grid and speeding up the application process for liquid natural gas refineries. The bill includes: The secretary of the Energy Department to issue a final decision on applications to export liquefied natural gas within 45 days after […]

The Transportation Funding Fight

The fight over the future of transportation funding in the United States has once again pitted the House against the Senate and Republicans against Democrats. In June, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to spend $55.3 billion on transportation and housing projects through December 18. 2015, with only three Democrats voting yes to […]

Raise Airport Facility Charges and Give Up Improvement Program Funding

Currently, U.S. airports and airlines are fighting a public battle over Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). PFCs are one of the main mechanisms to fund capital projects such as baggage systems, gates and international arrival facilities. Airports want to increase the fee, and argue that the current $4.50 passenger facility charge, which has not been increased/adjusted […]

Addressing Texas High Speed Rail Concerns

The proposed new high-speed rail (HSR) project in Texas has become a lightning rod for criticism. While the project is different from the now cancelled publicly funded HSR projects in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio and the ongoing project in California, critics remain concerned. The Texas project supported by Texas Central Railway (TCR) is fundamentally different […]

Tolling is a Critical Funding Tool for Texas

Over the last two years, a groundswell of opposition has arisen to tolling in Texas. A number of groups including Toll Free Texas and Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom have been lobbying to eliminate all tollroads in the state. Several Texas State Representatives and Senators have filed multiple bills to prioritize non-tolled roads and […]

Obama Takes Aim at Big Trucks

On Friday, the Obama administration officially announced plans to further lower carbon emissions in the United States. This new rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Transportation Department, aims to increase the fuel efficiency of the large trucks crossing the country everyday. New regulations will also affect other trucks, such as delivery […]

Committee for Responsible Budget Highway Plan has Issues

Recently, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, released a report titled, “The Road to Sustainable Highway Funding.” The committee, which includes Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, builds on many of the transportation recommendations included in the Bowles-Simpson report. It recommends passage of comprehensive tax reform while ensuring the Highway Trust Fund remains adequately funded. […]

Double the Cap on Private Activity Bonds

Congress’ extension of U.S. surface transportation policy for another two months provides a little more time to improve current policies. With the added time, I want to offer a ninth recommendation for reforming U.S. surface transportation policy. Robert Poole and I recommend that Congress double the lifetime cap on private activity bonds (PABs). State and […]

U.S. 100 Percent Renewable Energy Plan Lacks Price Tag

Engineers from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley have developed a state-by-state plan to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The plan aims to: Eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices. The researchers behind the plan, referred to as “The Solutions Project,” examined the amount and source of energy […]

More Tax Money for Obama’s Green Dreams

From Merrill Matthews at the Institute for Policy Innovation: President Obama reportedly will announce on Friday that he will waste another $100 million taxpayer dollars in his never-ending quest to push consumers to embrace his green dreams. Though he won’t actually put it quite like that, that’s the upshot of his message. The $100 million […]