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Transportation & Infrastructure

Nationwide, states’ residents and economies rely on adequate transportation systems and physical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, railways, mass transit, navigable waterways, drinking-water systems, power grids, utilities and telecommunications structures. State officials must not only meet several challenges including finding funding for and maintaining the physical infrastructure, they also must increasingly work together to plan for the future and to address issues that cross state borders.
CSG's Transportation Policy Task Force tracks national policies and emerging trends in transportation, identifies innovative and effective programs and solutions, and weighs in on issues through the policy resolution process. The Task Force, which was created first as an advisory group in 2008, is made up of state legislators, executive branch officials and representatives of the private sector from around the country. They meet twice annually at the CSG Spring and Annual Meetings. The group is chaired by Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. Transportation finance issues have been a key focus of the group including the pending reauthorization of federal transportation programs, the infrastructure spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the future of the Highway Trust Fund and options for replacing or supplementing fuel taxes as the chief revenue source to fund improvements to the nation's transportation system.





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Transportation Policy Task Force



Infrastructure Insights: Public Works in the New Budget Era,
CSG Economic Summit of the States, May 22, 2010, New York City


Transportation Policy Task Force, CSG Annual Meeting,
November 12-14, La Quinta, CA
    1. Janet Oakley, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials: "Reauthorization of Federal Transportation Programs: Impact on the States"


Transportation Advisory Group, CSG Annual Meeting, December 3-7, Omaha, NE
    1. Adrian Moore, Reason Foundation, National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission: "Public-Private Partnerships"
    2. Patrick DeCorla-Souza, Federal Highway Administration: "Tolling & Congestion Pricing"
    3. Oregon State Sen. Bruce Starr: "Oregon's VMT Fee Concept"



Transportation Advisory Group, CSG Spring Meeting, May 29-June 1, Lexington, KY
    1. Kathy Ruffalo, Ruffalo & Associates, National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission
    2. David Ekern, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner: "At the Crossroads - Building for the Next Generation"
    3. Ken De Crescenzo, California Department of Transportation: "California's Strategic Growth Plan"



Transportation & Infrastructure: Policy & Resolutions

  1. Resolution on stimulus infrastructure funding and the next federal authorization of transportation programs


  1. Resolution on Future of Transportation Programs
  2. Resolution on Transportation Finance


  1. Transportation Policy Statement


  1. Graduated Driver's Licensing



Transportation & Infrastructure: Trends & Analysis

  1. "Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth," November 2009
  2. "Increasing Public Awareness of Infrastructure Costs & Finance," September 2009
  3. "Restricting Use of Mobile Devices in Cars," September 2009
  4. Facts & Figures: "Mobile Devices," September 2009
  5. Facts & Figures: "Funding Highways & Bridges," 2009
  6. Facts & Figures: "Public Transportation," 2009
  7. "Financing Public Transportation," September 2008



Transportation & Infrastructure: Publications



  1. Transportation and Infrastructure Finance: A CSG National Report
  2. "Shovel-Ready or Not?: State Stimulus Successes on the Road to Recovery," State News, November-December 2009.
  3. "Riding the Rail: After the Stimulus, States Hoping High-Speed Trains Draw Passengers," State News, September 2009.
  1. "10 Questions with Gov. Jay Nixon: Stimulus Could Put Midwest High-Speed Rail on the Fast Track," State News, September 2009.
  1. "Long Road Ahead: Infrastructure Projects Underway. Will They Stimulate the Economy?" State News, May 2009.
  1. "RU Driving? States Take Action on Texting, Cell Phone Use While Operating a Vehicle," State News, May 2009.
  1. "It's Stimulating: States Set to Use Federal Recovery Dollars," State News, April 2009.
  1. "Fork in the Road: Economic Stimulus Plan Could Cloud Already Murky Future for Federal Transportation Programs," State News, February 2009.
  1. "More Than Sidewalks: States Focus on Projects to Provide Safe Routes to School," State News, January 2009.


  1. "On the Issues: A Look at the Obama, McCain Plans for...Transportation," State News, October 2008.
  1. "Broad Base of Broadband: States Work to Spread High-Speed Internet Access," State News, April 2008.
  2. "The Road to Innovation: Financing Discussions Crucial to Improving Transprotation," State News, April 2008.
  3. "Saving States' Historic Jewels: Resident Curatorship Programs Rehab State-Owned Historic Properties," State News, March 2008.
  4. "Smart Growth: States Promote Transit-Oriented Development," State News, March 2008.
  5. "Risky Business: State-backed Insurance of Last Resort on the Rise, but States Face Risks," State News, Jan. 2008.


  1. "Paving the Way: States Partner with Private Sector to Meet Transportation Needs," State News, Nov./Dec. 2007.
  2. "Waste Not, Want Not ... Waste: CSG Regional Projects Assure State Involvement in Movement of Radioactive Waste," State News, Oct. 2007.
  3. "Roads to Funding: Public-Private Partnerships Help States Bridge the Gap," State News, May 2007.
  4. "With Miles to Go: Rural Mobility, Accessibility Create Challenges in the Northeast," State News, May 2007.
  5. "Capping the Burden: Property Taxes Under Scrutiny," State News, April 2007.
  6. "Liquid Gold: Compact Aims to Protect Valuable Resource of Great Lakes," State News, March 2007.
  7. "Spurred by Increased Demand, States Find Ways to Support Passenger Rail Expansion," Firstline Midwest, March 2007


  1. “Rent Within Reach: Safe, Affordable Housing Becoming More Difficult to Find,” State News, Oct. 2006.
  2. “Rural Centers Work for Rural Legislators,” State News, Aug. 2006.
  3. “Toll Roads Tip to Privatization,” State News, April 2006.
  4. “States of Progress: Governors Outline Plans for the Future in State of the State Messages,” State News, March 2006.
  5. “Increased Freight Movement Calls Attention to Inadequate National Transportation Infrastructure,” Issue Brief, Eastern Regional Conference, March 2006.
  6. “The Transforming Manufacturing Sector,” State News, March 2006.
  7. “Plan to Lease Toll Road Drives Indiana’s 2006 Legislative Session,” Stateline Midwest, March 2006.


  1. Trends in America: Navigating Turbulence to Success, Dec. 2005.
  2. “The Response Continues: As Relief Continues to Flood into the Gulf Coast, Congress Considers Ways to Improve Disaster Response,” State News, Nov./Dec 2005.
  3. “States Planning Now for Opening of National Nuclear-Waste Repository,” Firstline Midwest, Dec. 2005.
  4. “Plan Targets Insurance Relief for Motorists, Homeowners,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2005.
  5. “After the Flood: Rebuilding New Orleans Begins in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina,” State News, Oct. 2005.
  6. “Trends in America: Charting the Course Ahead,” State News, Aug. 2005.
  7. “Road to Yucca: Midwest Considers Best Routes to Send Spent Nuclear Fuel to Nevada,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2005.
  8. Trends in America: Charting the Course Ahead, June 2005.
  9. “States Prepare to Implement New Driver’s License Standards,” Stateline Midwest, June 2005.
  10. “Western Growth Trends: Pressure on People and Resources,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  11. “Turnpike in Transition: Public-Sector Motives and Private-Sector Methods,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  12. “A Walking Path to Enlightenment: Community Design that Promotes Active Living Can Help Prevent Obesity,” State News, April 2005.
  13. “10 Change Drivers for the Future,” State News, Jan. 2005.


  1. “Trends Forum: A Look Ahead in Alaska,” State News, Sept. 2004
  2. “Regional Cooperation: The Border Legislative Conference,” Spectrum, Fall 2004.
  3. “States Adopt Technology,” State News, Aug. 2004.
  4. “State Leaders Discuss Future DOE Shipments at Kansas Meeting,” Stateline Midwest, July 2004.
  5. “Trends Worth Watching,” State News, June/July 2004.
  6. Environmental Issue Brief: States Vote for Cleaner Cars, Eastern Regional Conference, May 2004.
  7. “State Laws Aim to Boost Child Safety in Motor Vehicles,” Stateline Midwest, May 2004.
  8. “Developing a Defense: States’ Role in Protecting Critical Infrastructures is Still Emerging,” State News, April 2004.
  9. “States Seek to Close Digital Divide, Expand Broadband Service,” Stateline Midwest, April 2004.
  10. Regional Transmission Organization Presence and Activities in Southern States, Southern Legislative Conference, Jan. 2004.
  11. “Budget Balancing Tactics,” State Government News, Feb. 2004.
  12. “Public Sector Goes Green,” State Government News, Feb. 2004.
  13. “Rail Shipments of Radioactive Waste Create Challenges for Region,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2004.
  14. Energy Issue Brief: Cooperative Grid Planning—Regional State Committees, Eastern Regional Conference, Jan. 2004.


  1. State Official’s Guide to Critical Infrastructure Protection, 2003.
  2. “States and the ‘Stateless’ Technology: Use of Internet Telephone Calls on the Rise in State Governments,” State Government News, Oct. 2003.
  3. Michigan Land Use Council Proposes State Actions to Curb Sprawl,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2003.
  4. “Privatization in State Government: Trends and Issues,” Spectrum, Fall 2003.
  5. “States Consider Expanding Graduated License Programs for Teens,” Stateline Midwest, Sept. 2003.
  6. “Have You Spotted this Trend?” State Government News, Sept. 2003.
  7. “States Face Water Wars,” State Government News, Sept. 2003.
  8. Issue Brief: The Future of Rail in the Northeast Corridor, Eastern Regional Conference, Sept. 2003.
  9. “Summit Tackles Tough Issues: Emergency Response Organizations Meet to Discuss Key Issues for State and Local Preparedness,” State Government News, Aug. 2003.
  10. “New Road Maps: Demographic, Fiscal Realities Pose Challenge to Transportation Planners,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2003.
  1. TrendsAlert: Water Wars, July 2003.
  2. “Interstate Cooperation,” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  3. “Fees Increasingly Used to Prepare for Radioactive Waste Shipments,” Stateline Midwest, June 2003.
  4. “Hard Times Generate New Ideas,” State Government News, May 2003.
  5. Bridging the Public/Private Security Gap: CSG Teleconference Examines Infrastructure Security,” State Government News, May 2003.
  6. Homeland Security Brief: Infrastructure Security in the States, April 2003.
  7. “Federalism: Finding the Balance,” State Government News, April 2003.
  8. “Transportation Funding’s Future,” State Government News, April 2003.
  9. A Synopsis of a Survey on Issuing Driver’s Licenses in the SLC States, Southern Legislative Conference, Feb. 2003.
  10. “Water Wars,” State Government News, March 2003.
  11. “Traffic Jam: States Struggle to Find Money to Relieve Congested Roads,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.


  1. Signs of the Times: Midwestern Demographic Trends and Their Implications for Public Policy, The Council of State Governments Midwest, 2002.
  2. “No Place Like Home: Governments Take Action to Develop Affordable Housing,” State Government News, Oct. 2002.
  3. “The Trendy Side of Demographics,” State Government News, Oct. 2002.
  4. “Alternate Power: States Lead the Movement Toward Renewable Energy Sources,” State Government News, Oct. 2002.
  5. “One Year Later: Three States Struck by the Sept. 11 Attacks Move Forward,” State Government News, Sept. 2002.
  6. “States Prepare for Shipments of Radioactive Materials,” Stateline Midwest, Sept. 2002.
  7. “Plugging the Holes: States Play a Large Role in Border Security,” State Government News, Aug. 2002.
  8. Licensed By the States: Keeping Driver’s Licenses in the Hands of the States,” State Government News, Aug. 2002.
  9. “Future of Passenger Rail Filled with Hope and Uncertainty,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2002.
  10. “State Proposals Driven by Promise of Fuel Cell Technology,” Stateline Midwest, June 2002.
  11. “Biometric Border Solutions,” State Government News, May 2002.
  12. “Smart Growth,” State Government News, May 2002.
  13. The Future of Identification,” State Government News, April 2002.
  14. “States Address Nuclear Transport: State and Federal Officials Are Considering How to Protect Shipments of Radioactive Waster From Terrorists,” State Government News, March 2002.
  15. “Highway Funding Concerns Emerge at State, Federal Level,” Stateline Midwest, March 2002.
  16. “The Ties That Bind: The Midwest and Canada Are Partners in More Than Trade,” State Government News, Feb. 2002.
  17. “Have You Spotted These Trends?” State Government News, Jan. 2002.
  18. “Regional Rail System Gaining Support, but Funding Needed,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2002.
  19. “States Identify Licensing Procedures as Area that Needs Improvement,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2002.


  1. “Improving Airport Capacity Still Seen as Vital Transportation Need,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2001.
  2. “Federal Mandates Persuade States to Consider .08 Legislation,” Stateline Midwest, July 2001.
  3. “Energy Boost: Region’s Economy Could Benefit from Push for More Electricity,” Stateline Midwest, June 2001.
  4. “Changes in Mass Transit Reflect the Shifting Needs of Riders,” Stateline Midwest, June 2001.
  5. “Scouting Trends in the States,” State Government News, April 2001.
  6. “Watt Went Wrong?” State Government News, March 2001.
  7. “What’s Big in 2001,” State Government News, Feb. 2001.
  8. “Ensuring Safe Roads,” State Government News, Feb. 2001.


  1. “Bridging the Digital Divide,” State Government News, Oct. 2000.
  2. “Teaching Safe Driving,” State Government News, Oct. 2000.
  3. “A Solution Gone Sour: Gasoline Additive Showing Up in Drinking Water,” State Government News, Aug. 2000.
  4. “Investing in a Digital Economy,” State Government News, Aug. 2000.
  5. “Jumping Prices not a Gas for Midwestern Lawmakers,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2000.
  6. “The Big Budget Battle,” State Government News, May 2000.
  7. Tennessee Pioneers ADR in Growth Planning,” State Government News, May 2000.
  8. “Universal Service? States Are Working to Bring Rural Areas into the Information Age,” State Government News, April 2000.
  9. “Federal Funds Key to Putting New Rail System on Fast Track,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2000.



Transportation & Infrastructure: Staff Presentations

Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance, September 16, 2009