Trends and Issues in State Highways and Transportation

State transportation departments that supply roads, bridges and transit face tough challenges. With the U.S. population projected to grow steadily, increasing vehicle miles traveled, and booming freight traffic, officials are squeezing efficiency from current funds even as they seek more. In coming years, it will be important to build a case for the value of transportation with the public and explore a variety of construction and financing approaches.

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About the Author
John Horsley has been executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) since 1999. AASHTO advocates policies and disseminates best practices in transportation. From 1993–1999 he was associate deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and earlier served on the county commission in Kitsap County, Washington. Horsley is a past president of the National Association of Counties.