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Transportation Funding & Financing

Proposed Funding Sources

As traditional sources of transportation revenue continue to decline in adequacy to fund surface transportation, like to motor fuels tax, or are simply lacking in certain sectors, like goods movements, new funding mechanisms will necessarily be implemented to meet the increasing demands on paying for future system operations, maintenance, and expansion.

The SAFETEA-LU-established National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission released its Final Report in February 2009 discussing numerous existing and proposed transportation funding mechanisms. Much of the content in this proposed funding sources section is derived from that report.


Annual Highway User Vehicle Fee
VMT Fees
Cordon Pricing
Carbon Tax/Cap and Trade Program
Freight-related Charges