50 ways to run and fund a transportation program

Pick one.

There must be 50 ways to do it.  There are. And a new report lays them out in detail, describing how states govern and finance their transportation programs.

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 authoritative review of transportation governance and finance for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report, titled,  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.