Finding Future Transportation Funding for Cities and Counties - What Do California Experts Think?

This project explores the question of what revenue sources California cities and counties can rely on to raise adequate revenues to fund transportation infrastructure and services over the coming ten years. This project will assess the potential for a wide range of options that local governments in California can use to raise revenues to support transportation their transportation systems. (The study looks at revenue-generators only and excludes debt-financing tools.)

The key study methods are a literature review and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 40 to 50 people who are experts in local transportation funding and/or who are responsible for funding streets and highways at a California city or county.

The final product will provide cities with a handbook of funding options. For each, we will describe the option, document examples of its use (where this exists), and provide a sketch assessment of how well that source is likely to perform for different types of jurisdictions. The options will be assessed according to the following evaluation criteria: revenue generation, ease of implementation, cost and complexity of collection and enforcement, equity, political feasibility, impacts on transportation system performance, and impact on non-transportation policy goals (e.g., sustainability).

Principal Investigator: 

Asha Weinstein Agrawal

PI Contact Information: 

Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San José, CA 95112
asha.weinstein.agrawal@sjsu.edu

Project Number: 

1938