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Citation:  Anderson, J. E., & Thompson, E. (2014). Alternative funding mechanisms for state transportation systems in predominantly rural states. Bureau of Business Research Publications,
Title:  Alternative funding mechanisms for state transportation systems in predominantly rural states
Authors:  Anderson, J. E., & Thompson, E.
Year:  2014
Journal/Publication:  Bureau of Business Research Publications
Publisher:  U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers Program
Full text:  http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1041&cont...   
Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Alternatives to traditional transportation finance systems are necessary as motor fuel taxes become insufficient in funding operation and maintenance costs of the current transportation system, specifically for predominantly rural states.
Purpose:  The researchers consider alternatives to the current use of flat fees, such as license and registration fees, and variable fees, such as gasoline and diesel taxes.
Data collection and analysis:  The article utilizes data collected from Nebraska on licensing fees, registration fees, and taxes by type of vehicle, motor fuels tax revenues by source, data on average annual daily travel (AADT), and engineering estimates of road maintenance costs associated with automobile and truck travel.
Conclusions:  A possible approach to financing transportation systems is implementation of an optimal two-part tariff. This tariff integrates a flat fee with a variable charge.

Populations served:  Rural and remote communities