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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Media Manager
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
May 31, 2011

Authoritative report details how states are building the nation’s transportation systems

A large number of America’s roads and bridges are plagued by age and growing demand. But states, facing budget shortfalls, have little capacity to pay for the needed maintenance and expansion. How each state meets these challenges is shaped by its distinctive approach to governing and paying for transportation systems. Until now, little has been known about how branches of state government and other governmental entities have worked together to provide safe, reliable, effective and efficient transportation networks.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Excellence in Project Finance at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have partnered to produce an unprecedented review of transportation governance and finance for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Transportation Governance and Finance: A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and Departments of Transportation focuses on transportation finance and the roles and relationships among the branches of state government that are most active in transportation issues.

“The report's direct findings offer an illuminating look at how differently department of transportation (DOT) officials and legislators view their roles in addressing the states' difficult and growing transportation needs,” said Jennifer Jones, assistant director, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission and co-chair of the project’s oversight committee.

"We know firsthand in Kansas how important it is to have a healthy relationship between the legislature and DOT officials, especially when advocating for funding in tough economic times,” said Joseph Erskine, deputy secretary for Finance and Administration, Kansas Department of Transportation and co-chair of the project’s oversight committee. “This report is deep with information and original research that can help guide any state to the ends they seek.”

The report—which includes a detailed profile of every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico—is intended for DOTs and legislatures by offering a rich diversity of approaches to govern, finance and ultimately deliver America's transportation system. It is a study of states’ transportation policies and approaches, and does not provide “model” legislation.

A free webinar regarding this report and topic will be offered by NCSL and AASHTO:

When: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT/ noon MT/ 11 a.m. PT
Register Here: Free Webinar

The report is also available on the websites of NCSLand the AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance and is free for members of the media.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is the "Voice of Transportation" representing State Departments of Transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving as a catalyst for excellence in transportation. Follow us on Twitter.