Cover: After the Motor Fuel Tax

After the Motor Fuel Tax

Reshaping Transportation Financing

Published in: Issues in Science and Technology, v. 25, no. 4, Summer 2009, p. 85-88

by Martin Wachs

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Abstract

Congress will soon begin considering a new transportation bill that is expected to carry a price tag of $500 billion to $600 billion to support a huge number of projects nationwide. Legislators may take an important first step in changing the very nature of how the nation raises funds to support its roads and other components of the transit system. At issue is whether Congress will continue to rely on the federal motor fuel tax and other indirect user fees as the primary source of revenue for transportation projects, or whether it will begin a shift to more direct user fees.

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