Miller Center

Riding the Tiger > Category: Transportation

Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

Now that Congress has approved a short-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund, there's much talk about the need for a long-term fix. A University of Virginia Miller Center report, co-chaired by former U.S. Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, proposes one. The report concludes that future funding mechanisms should not depend primarily on fossil-fuel consumption and suggests that the best approach to ensure adequate funding is to return to a pay-as-you-go system. This means taxing road use, instead of fuel consumption, via a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax. An excerpt from Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda is below. You can read the entire report at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/report/conf_2009_transportation.pdf.

10 Recommendations to Fix U.S. Transportation System

Working with former Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, the University of Virginia's Miller Center released a report in 2010 outlining ten recommendations to fix the nation's overburdened transportation system. The report received a lot of attention when it was released, including praise from President Obama. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in August, the report is definitely worth another look. Below are the ten recommendations included in Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda. You can read the entire report at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/report/conf_2009_transportation.pdf.