Assessing and Mitigating Future Impacts to the Federal Highway Trust Fund such as Alternative Fuel Consumption

The objectives of this research project are to (a) define the impact in 2001 of the use of alternative fuels and other products both nationally and by state that resulted in the reduced consumption of petroleum based motor fuels; (b) assess the extent of increased use of alternative fuels and the reasons for the increased use where present; (c) identify procedures to forecast the use of alternative fuels in 2002 and beyond, and apply the procedures to forecast use of alternative fuels in fiscal years 2002 through 2009; and (d) prepare a report presenting findings and recommendations for agency staff. Recent data reflect that increased use of alternative fuels is occurring much faster than forecasted in previous years. This increase has created a significant negative impact on revenue levels deposited in the Federal Highway Trust Fund. This results in the reduction of funds available for transportation improvements in Federal fiscal year 2003 and in years beyond. It also sets a new lower baseline for Highway Trust Fund revenue estimates just one year prior to beginning the debate on the reauthorization of TEA-21. It is essential that options be researched and prepared in a timely manner to be debated as part of the reauthorization of TEA-21 in 2003 to help ensure a solid level of funding is provided for transportation improvements in relationship to the use of the transportation system.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 19-05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 4000
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140-2369
  • Principal Investigators:

    Reno, Arlee

  • Start Date: 20020621
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20030731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8504

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460879
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 19-05
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:34PM