Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Future Options for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways

The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways was planned more than 75 years ago, and the system has many sections that are more than 50 years old. The mechanism for funding the system was enacted 49 years ago. Early policy papers in the 1930s and 1940s assessed options on such issues as system size and extent, purpose, interstate travel versus intercity travel, and funding mechanisms (e.g., tolls, pay-as-you-go gas taxes, and use of federal eminent domain with excess right-of-way acquisition to gain value capture versus state-by-state processes). Since the Interstate System was laid out, the population and vehicle travel demands in the nation have increased far beyond any forecasts, and the demographics in terms of ethnicity, age, population, and geographic distribution have changed significantly as well. Freight movement has exploded, and international trade is far different from 75 years ago and will be significantly different 50 years from now. The recently enacted SAFETEA-LU includes a provision (Section 1909(b)) that establishes a National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission (the Commission) to explore a range of legislative and policy approaches for the Interstate for the next 15, 30, and 50 years. A report to Congress is due by July 1, 2007. An analysis is needed for use by AASHTO and its member departments in developing a strong, clear vision for the nation's future highway needs and options. The analysis will assist AASHTO and its member departments of transportation (DOTs) in interactions with the Commission and in preparation for the next reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. In addition, the research results will support an AASHTO/TRB-sponsored conference on the future of the Interstate System in the second half of 2006. The analysis should identify options with the greatest potential for improving highway operations and capacity, including intermodal passenger and freight connectors and access to military bases, strategic ocean ports, and airfields. The objective of this project is to develop options for the future of the U.S. Interstate Highway System that will assist AASHTO and its member DOTs in decision making


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(52)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    PB Consult, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Gehr, David

  • Start Date: 20060511
  • Actual Completion Date: 20071205
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11726

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460582
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(52)
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:28PM