Navigating Transportation Funding
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and state and local officials discussed infrastructure challenges and solutions
The United States is facing major challenges in maintaining investments in the country’s highways and transit systems, problems that will require federal, state, and local policymakers to make difficult choices in the years ahead.
To help inform those policy decisions, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a discussion of the shared challenges and opportunities faced by all levels of government. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx offered opening remarks. A panel discussion with state and local officials followed. The event was held at Pew offices in Washington and via live webcast.
With the temporary infusion of funding for the federal highway trust fund set to run out by May, states and localities are again facing the prospect that shortfalls in the fund could delay or reduce the federal money available for transportation projects.
At the same time, many states are taking action to make their own transportation funding more sustainable. Their efforts highlight the major challenges that all levels of government face in maintaining investments in highways and transit systems.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx discusses challenges and solutions in addressing current funding shortfalls as well as planning the nation’s transportation system for the next generation.
Anne Stauffer, director of Pew’s fiscal federalism initiative, describes the substantial investments made by federal, state, and local governments in the nation’s highway and transit systems, as well as the funding challenges they all face. Understanding the connections and roles of each level of government in the transportation system is critical to identifying sustainable solutions.
Nick Donohue, deputy secretary of the Virginia Department of Transportation, speaks about the current and future role of federal funding in providing critical support for capital investments in roads and transit systems.
Leif Dormsjo, director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, explains how uncertainty about federal funding creates inefficiencies in implementing projects, affects markets for transportation bonds, and can skew project selection for states and cities.
Paul Trombino III, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, elaborates on the potential economic consequences if Iowa were to halt its transportation projects due to uncertainty in federal funding.
Virginia Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Nick Donohue
|9–9:30 a.m.||Registration and refreshments|
|9:30–9:35 a.m.||Welcoming remarks by Susan K. Urahn, executive vice president, Pew|
|9:35–10 a.m.||Opening remarks by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx|
|10–11:30 a.m.||Panel discussion with state and local officials|
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Friday, April 17, 2015
9:00 - 11:30 AM
The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20004