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MTI: Most Americans OK with Gas Tax Increase When Targeted

The majority of Americans will support increased taxes at the gas pump, but only if the revenue is invested in specific transportation improvements that people value, states a newly released research report from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), the sixth in an annual series.

According to the report, What Do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads?, 71 percent of respondents would support a 10-cent-­per-gallon fuel tax increase to improve transportation infrastructure.

MTI has conducted similar surveys annually since 2010. Looking across the six years of survey data, support for all the taxes has risen modestly since 2010. From 2014-2015, support increased for nine tax options.

The full report provides in-depth analysis of results. Click here to see the report.

Other Recent Reports
Three recently released reports of interest to public transportation professionals consider issues of value capture, how organizations can use “big data” to improve their operations and the role of ridership alternatives such as ridesharing or bike commuting in a community.

Deloitte University Press, an imprint of Deloitte Development LLC, released findings from its “Smart Mobility” study regarding the impact of ridesharing, bike commuting, carsharing and on-demand ride services on mobility in U.S. cities.

By analyzing commuter behavior data at the census-tract level, researchers propose that real-time ridesharing could annually save  $30.3 billion, reduce traffic accidents by almost 23,000 and lower carbon dioxide emissions by 9.1 million metric tons.

For details, click here.

The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago released Transit Value Capture Coordination: Case Studies, Best Practices and Recommendations, which examines how U.S. cities with the largest and oldest public transportation systems can deal with a backlog of underfunded capital projects by using value capture methods: securing partial funding through additional taxes or grants from commercial property developers.

The report is available here.

Big Data and Transport: Understanding and assessing options, released by the European-based International Transport Forum (ITF), considers the impact of massive, often real-time data sets that can generate insights and improvements for transportation services and activity.

Find the report here.
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