The following are links to technical and academic reports and databases regarding funding and financing transportation, with a focus on non-road pricing strategies.
AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance
The American Association of Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Excellence in Project Finance was established in the 2005 SAFETEA-LU transportation authorization act. The mission of the Center for Excellence in Project Finance is to support State Departments of Transportation in the development of finance plans and project oversight tools to leverage funding and advance transportation projects. This website provides information on funding resources at the federal, state and local levels.
Transportation & Infrastructure Finance: Council of State Governments Report
This report analyzes issues and opportunities in sourcing new financing options at the federal and state level. The report draws on the work of two federal commissions, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission and the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. The Council of State Governments is a region-based organization that assists the three branches of state government exchange ideas and solutions for public policy.
Transportation Governance and Finance: A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and DOTs
This 2011 report is a joint production from the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) and AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance. The report analyzes key issues in transportation finance and governance, and provides detailed funding information and resources for all fifty states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Surface Transportation Funding: Options for States
This 2006 NCSL report is an overview of the transportation funding landscape for several transportation modes, as well as challenges and opportunities for raising revenue at the state level. The report examines trends among states in pursuing alternative financing mechanisms such at public-private partnerships and includes case studies on alternative funding and financing mechanisms.
NCHRP Future Financing Options to Meet Highway and Transit Needs
Completed for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) in 2006, this study estimated the needs and revenues available at all levels of government from 2007 to 2017. The report examines existing and emerging revenue options to close the nation's highway and transit investment deficits. Necessary implementation steps to help secure the needed additional transportation investment on a sustainable basis are also discussed.
University Transportation Center for Mobility: A Guide to Transportation Funding Options
This online guide to transportation funding options is hosted by the Texas Transportation Institute. The guide provides a summary of funding options for all levels of government and key project examples for highway, transit, rail and aviation.
Comparative Review and Analysis of State Transit Funding Programs
This 2006 report prepared for NCHRP analyzes state-level data on public transportation funding programs. The report synthesizes data provided by the annual Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation and offers ideas on how the survey can be strengthened to foster meaningful analysis by and between states.
National Governors' Association Report on Innovative State Transportation Funding and Financing
This report explores the challenges states face with growing demand for transportation and inadequate funding. The report analyzes the unique set of funding and financing tools available to states in the context of this challenge. The National Governors' Association (NGA) is comprised of governors from all 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. Its members use the organization as vehicle for analyzing and developing national policy and leadership on state issues.
Reason Foundation Report on Funding Important Transportation in a Fiscally Constrained Environment
This report, released in January 2013, analyses the future of transportation funding through the direct fee approach recommended in the 2010 Simpson-Bowles Report. Through the analysis of current funding problems and applying the principle of user-pay/user-benefit model, the report makes the argument for the application of revenue-based financing for transportation.
NCHRP Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation and Ways to Improve It
This survey provides information on state-level public transportation funding, including source of funds, use of funds, and method of distribution provided by representatives in each state's Department of Transportation. The report, published in 2012, makes recommendations for improving the existing survey to improve data collection and analysis.