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September 2010 Congressional Forum: Funding and Financing Solutions for Surface Transportation in the Coming Decade

September 30, 2010


The purpose of this Forum is to explore a series of viable options to fund and finance surface transportation infrastructure at the federal, state and local levels in the coming decade.  To find possible solutions, answers to the following questions will be explored:

  • How do we fund the federal highway, transit, and other surface transportation programs in the short term from 2011 to 2015 and in the medium term from 2016 to 2025?
  • How can Congress expand, improve, and create financing tools to be used by states, cities, counties and transit authorities to fund transportation improvements?
  • How can the use of tolling and public-private partnerships be facilitated, consistent with protecting and preserving the public interest?
  • How can states, cities and counties be empowered to use National Infrastructure Bank, Tax Increment Financing, Joint Powers Agreements and other similar techniques to finance transportation improvements?
  • What kind of promises and pitfalls does the distanced-based (i.e. vehicle miles traveled) fee hold?
  • What other ideas can be surfaced that are not embodied in the above discussion questions?


US Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC

Main program: Congressional Auditorium

Meals and reception: Room SVC-212/210

On east side of the Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street, NE
Click here for directions to the Capitol Visitor Center.


A block of rooms will be reserved at the Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.


Registration is by invitation only.


Please click here for the latest preliminary agenda.

Additional Information

Sponsors of this event include the following organizations:

  • AASHTO Center of Excellence in Project Finance
  • America 2050 at the Regional Plan Association
  • Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota
  • Keston Institute of Infrastructure and Public Finance at the University of Southern California
  • Nossaman LLP

An extensive set of findings and observations will be developed from this Forum process and will be published at the conclusion of this effort.

AASHTO Contact

Joung Lee
Deputy Director, AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance