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The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation

public transit busIn a never-ending quest to shrink government, conservatives continue to advance specious arguments that are harmful to federal funding for public transportation.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions

Highway book_alt2 icon Report Transportation funding restrictions prevent states and metropolitan regions from making objective decisions about the most appropriate investments. Increased programmatic flexibility will allow funding to flow to the most beneficial projects regardless of the source of money.

by Kevin DeGood & Andrew Schwartz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Public Transportation and the Path Dependency of Highway Investments

A metro station article icon Issue Brief To fully realize the potential of Metro’s Silver Line, policymakers must break with past development practices, focus public resources, and use the regulatory power of the state to guide sustainable development.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public-Private Partnerships

East End article icon Issue Brief The greatest constraint on infrastructure investment is the public’s willingness to pay the taxes and fees necessary to service project debts. Public-private partnerships are an efficient way to transfer project development risk—though they cannot overcome the inherently political challenge of building public support for taxation.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, December 8, 2014

Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

electric car book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

by Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

Opinion: Governor’s transportation policies running on empty

Kevin DeGood argues that Gov. Chris Christie's (R-NJ) transportation policies are creating an uncertain future for the state of New Jersey.

by Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Repatriation Tax Holiday Is Not a Fix for Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

Kevin DeGood and Harry Stein write on Highway Trust Fund insolvency.

by Kevin DeGood and Harry Stein | Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Ryan Budget by the Numbers

article icon Fact Sheet The Ryan budget once again undermines America’s long-term economic future by cutting essential infrastructure programs that support job growth, trade, and the efficient movement of people and goods.

by Kevin DeGood | Friday, April 4, 2014

U.S. needs a mileage-based tax to boost transportation funding

Kevin DeGood on why Colorado needs a mileage-based tax to boost federal transportation funding.

by Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Understanding the Highway Trust Fund and the Perils of Inaction

article icon Fact Sheet Congress must act soon to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent. Failure to address the impending shortfall will result in a substantial cut to highway and public transportation programs during the heart of construction season.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Misguided Transportation Policy: For Sen. Lee, Ideology Trumps What’s Best for Utah

UtahUtah Sen. Mike Lee (R) has proposed legislation that would effectively end the federal government’s role in surface transportation policy and cause economic harm.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

public transit book_alt2 icon Report To address metropolitan congestion—our most pressing transportation challenge—we need to adopt performance management, increase competition for federal funds, and reform transportation governance.

by Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Improving Metropolitan Mobility

article icon Fact Sheet With MAP-21 set to expire in September, Congress must find new revenues and focus policies on improving metropolitan mobility through balanced investments.

by Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Complete Streets: Why America Needs the Safe Streets Act of 2013

Fifth Avenue Crosswalk article icon Issue Brief Complete Streets are an essential element of a balanced transportation system, expanding personal mobility through designs that are safe and accommodating for all users regardless of age, income, or ability level.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clean Water Infrastructure

article icon Issue Brief Congress must expand current programs and advance legislation establishing new efforts to address the nation’s neglected water infrastructure to meet our clean water needs.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, November 4, 2013