November 29, 2021

Transportation Headlines

Gov. Youngkin (Virginia) forwards legislation to suspend gas tax
WDBJ (TV) – Apr 4, 2022
Governor Glenn Youngkin has sent legislation to the General Assembly to suspend Virginia’s gas tax for three months… The Motor Vehicle Fuels tax (26.2 cents per gallon of gasoline and 27 cents for diesel) would be suspended in May, June and July before being phased back slowly in August and September. The annual adjustment to the gas tax would also be capped at no more than two percent per year to further defend Virginians from the hidden tax increase of inflation. Read More…

Homeowners Have 40% Lower Transportation Costs Living Near Mass Transit 
Route Fifty – Apr 4, 2022
Families in California’s major metropolitan areas that own houses in transit-oriented developments, or TODs, on average have 40% lower transit expenses than other households, according to a report by the Mineta Transportation Institute in partnership with California universities and other organizations. 

The study says TOD households save money on transportation costs mainly because they own fewer cars than other households. About two-thirds of their savings can be attributed to living in a transit-friendly neighborhood and one-third to access to rail transit, “suggesting the importance of integrating a rail transit system with supportive land use planning and neighborhood design.” Read More…

White House Details Transportation FY 2023 Funding
AASHTO Journal – Apr 1, 2022
On March 28, President Biden (seen above) unveiled the federal government’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 starting on October 1. The Biden administration’s proposed budget includes $142.3 billion in total gross budget authority for the U.S. Department of Transportation, an increase of $1.6 billion or 1.1 percent over the enacted level for FY 2022.

That includes an additional $36.8 billion in guaranteed “advanced appropriations” provided via the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA, signed into law in November 2021. That funding also includes $78.4 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority, an increase of $1.6 billion over the FY 2022 enacted level and $27.1 billion in regular appropriations, level with the amount enacted in FY 2022. Read More…

Report: Fuel Tax ‘Holidays’ Won’t Lower Prices Much
AASHTO Journal – Apr 1, 2022
According to new research conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, state-level fuel tax “holidays” do not necessarily result in significantly lower diesel and gasoline retail pump prices, nor deliver “big savings” to motorists.In its nine-page report, the association examined 177 changes in state-level gasoline tax rates in 34 states between 2013 and 2021 and found that, on average, motorists received just 18 percent of an any increase or decrease in the retail price of gasoline in the two weeks after a change took effect. Read More…

There’s Growing Urgency for Passenger Rail Projects to Move at High Speed
Route-Fifty – Apr 1, 2022
Passenger rail advocates have waited decades for the kind of federal financial support they received in the infrastructure law that President Biden signed last year. But now, they will have only a few years to prove that the $66 billion is worth it. Read More…

NCDOT reveals 3-pronged approach to Cape Fear Memorial Bridge replacement
Port City Daily – Mar 31, 2022
The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a resolution at its February board meeting to ask the North Carolina Department of Transportation to explore all options, including tolls and previous proposals, for replacing the 50-year-old structure. The board also discussed Wednesday its legislative agenda, moving the replacement of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to its highest unfunded priority. Read More…