2008 Workshop on Responding to National Transportation Initiatives

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
June 2008 Final Report

Primary Investigator

Teresa Adams, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-3175


Recognizing current and future funding challenges SAFETEA-LU authorized formation of two primary commissions to review transportation policy and revenues.  The National Commission on Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue (more info: www.transportationfortomorrow.org) and National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission were formed to explore these issues.  By 2008, the commissions will have issued detailed findings, reports, and proposed initiatives for the 2009 reauthorization.

In a similar vein, AASHTO recently sponsored a transportation vision summit that attracted key transportation leaders.  10 elements were identified to prepare such a vision: Increased funding, modernization, transition from fuel taxes, new funding, public transportation investment, transportation capacity investments, tougher laws to save lives, freight transportation investment to close the gap between economic growth and currently available traditional funding sources, preservation, and safety improvements.

ARTBA released its Critical Commerce Corridors Proposal and has asked the MVFC to endorse it.  The MVC Board of Directors will begin a dialogue on these issues during their July meeting. Such dialogue may lead to specific recommendations or activities.  Further refinement is likely at the September MVC BOD meeting.


Identify key areas of interest for the Mississippi Valley states to address and support. Conduct needed Coalition business.


  1. Identify workshop and meeting location.
  2. Develop agenda, including development of white papers, issue reports, and coordinate presentations.
  3. Develop documentation on regional impacts of the key proposals.
  4. Identify opportunities for MVFC input.
  5. Consider continued Coalition activities.

Project Information

  • Duration: 9 months
  • Dates: September 30, 2007 – June 30, 2008
  • Budget: CFIRE: $23,750; Total: $71,520
  • Student Involvement: None
  • Modal Orientation: Multimodal
  • Project ID: MVFC 07
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