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This section of the Center website contains a resource library of annotated hyperlinks to other websites and documents providing useful information on transportation finance and related topics. Immediately below, the resource library provides a list featured resources identified by AASHTO as providing timely and informative information on infrastructure finance. The resource library also provides access to hundreds of additional sources organized by the categories listed on the left side of this page. All listings include brief descriptions of the sites and/or the organizations that maintain them.

AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration
AASHTO's Standing Committee on Finance and Administration addresses activities such as administrative practices, policy, finance, uniform accounting procedures, personnel, computer technology, legal affairs, and internal audit, of interest to the Member Departments.  It identifies and receives reports from its subcommittees and task forces related to federal regulatory mandates of national concern, and provide reports thereon.  All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have the opportunity to designate one official member on the Standing Committee and on each council.  The SCOFA's website provides links to briefing and policy documents, as well as other related resources.

AASHTO Staff Presentations - Jack Basso
Jack Basso is AASHTO's Director of Management and Business Development and the Director of the AASHTO Center for Excellence in project finance. He is one of the nation's leading authorities on transportation policy and finance and is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and conferences. This section of the AASHTO website provides access to recent presentations made by Mr. Basso on transportation finance, the future of the Highway Trust Fund, and related issues.

AASHTO Staff Presentations - Joung Lee
Joung Lee is AASHTO's Senior Analyst for Transportation Finance and Business Development. He is a frequent speaker on transportation funding and reauthorization issues. This section of the AASHTO website provides access to recent presentations made by Mr. Lee on these topics and other related issues.

FHWA - Public Private Partnerships
The FHWA PPP website provides comprehensive information on the use of public-private partnership (PPP) in developing surface transportation improvements. It defines PPPs are contractual agreements formed between a public agency and a private sector entity that allow for greater private sector participation in the delivery and financing of transportation projects. The site provides information on the different types of PPP arrangements, PPP legislation, case studies of PPP projects, and a variety of related data and resource documents.

National Conference of State Legislatures Transportation Funding Legislation Database
NCSLs Transportation Funding and Finance Legislation Database is an up-to-date source for transportation funding and finance legislation introduced in all 50 states and the District of Columbia since 2007.

National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission
Congress created The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission in 2005 under Section 1909 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The Commission was created because, as Congress declared, "it is in the national interest to preserve and enhance the surface transportation system to meet the needs of the United States for the 21st century."

The Commission was comprised of 12 members, representing: Federal, state and local governments; metropolitan planning organizations; transportation-related industries; and public interest organizations. The Commission examined not only the condition and future needs of the nation's surface transportation system, but also short and long-term alternatives to replace or supplement the fuel tax as the principal revenue source to support the Highway Trust Fund over the next 30 years. The Commission expired on July 7, 2008. Its website contains the Commission's three volume Final Report, include nearly 100 white papers, as well as transcripts from testimony and public hearings. The Commission website is being maintained for historical purposes.

National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission
The Financing Commission offers a roadmap for sweeping reform of the nation's transportation infrastructure funding and finance framework. The Commission offers specific recommendations for increasing investment in transportation infrastructure while at the same time moving the Federal Government away from reliance on motor fuel taxes toward more direct fees charged to transportation infrastructure users. The Commission's Final Report was released on February 26, 2009 and is available on its website, together with testimony from hearings and public meetings and other comprehensive background information.

American Road and Transportation Builders' Association Critical Commerce Corridors
The American Road and Transportation Builders' Association (ARTBA) believes a new approach and vision for improving America's surface transportation network is needed. As part of the scheduled 2009 reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU, ARTBA believes the federal highway program should be restructured to consist of two separate, but equal priority components: Enhanced Core Highway & Transit Investment Programs and Critical Commerce Corridors

The United States lacks a comprehensive strategic initiative to address it's the expected doubling of truck traffic in the next 25 years. Strong federal leadership is necessary to fill this policy void. To complement the expanded investments in existing federal highway and transit programs, ARTBA is calling for the creation of a "Critical Commerce Corridors" (3C) program to provide new surface transportation system capacity and operational improvements exclusively focused on securing the safe and efficient movement of freight. These corridors could also be used to help evacuate the American people in times of national emergencies or natural disasters.

Building America's Future Coalition
Building America's Future (BAF) is a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation's prosperity and quality of life. BAF seeks to advance a new national vision for infrastructure investment that strengthens our cities and rural communities, focuses on economic growth and global competitiveness, job creation, and environmental sustainability. It advocates for increasing our nation's infrastructure investments and reforming national infrastructure policy.

BAF works closely with associations that represent the nation's top officials, including the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of County Officials, the National Conference of State Legislators, and the Council of State Governments and with other non-profit groups such as the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Center, Regional Plan Association, OneRail, Transportation 4 America, US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. The BAF website documents the organization's work and provides access to a variety of resource documents.

Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) was formed in 2007 to develop and promote solutions that would attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC acts as an incubator for policy efforts that engage top political figures, advocates, academics and business leaders in the art of principled compromise. In addition to advancing specific proposals, the BPC also is broadcasting a different type of policy discourse that seeks to unite the constructive center in the pursuit of common goals. The BPC provides a forum where tough policy challenges can be addressed in a pragmatic and politically viable manner. It seeks to develop policy solutions that make sense for the nation and can be embraced by both parties. Transportation is one of many issues the BPC focuses on. The BPC website describes the center's activities and provides access to several resource documents.

Intergovernmental Forum on Transportation Finance
The National Academy of Public Administration established a Transportation Intergovernmental Forum in December 2006. The purpose of this Forum report is to provide a more fully developed intergovernmental perspective on options being considered for strengthening the nation's transportation finances. The Forum's report Financing Transportation in the 21st Century was published in January 2008 and made the following recommendations:

  1. Immediate action is needed to ensure the sustainability of the federal Highway Trust Fund

  2. National surface transportation performance goals and the intergovernmental roles and responsibilities needed to achieve these goals should be established collaboratively.

  3. All levels of government should maintain the revenue-raising principle that the users and beneficiaries of surface transportation systems and services should pay as much as possible of the costs of providing established levels of service.

  4. In establishing intergovernmental and public-private roles and responsibilities for raising needed surface transportation funds, public policymakers should examine a wide range of sources and scenarios.

  5. When examining these revenue raising scenarios, public policymakers should consider the intergovernmental impacts of proposed actions for each level of government, relative to the other levels of government.

  6. When the federal and state governments make major changes in their surface transportation financial assistance programs, they should provide transition time to allow the governments receiving assistance to adjust to these shifts.

Transportation Transformation Group
The Transportation Transformation Group is an alliance of state government, finance, academic and private industry leaders who aspire to transform American transportation policy into a goal-based arrangement that maximizes flexibility to enhance the roles of the state and local public sectors and their private partners to solve the growing problems of congestion and mobility. Its website provides information on the organizations issues and positions.