This Perspective presents the top-line results from the twelfth year of an annual survey investigating public opinion about a variety of federal transportation tax options. The survey data was collected in February 2021, nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents answered questions that included their opinions related to mileage fees, support for different variations on raising the federal gas tax rate, priorities for improving the transportation system, and knowledge of when the U.S. Congress last raised the federal gas tax rate.
Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD
Dr. Agrawal is the Director of the MTI National Transportation Finance Center and also professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her research and teaching interests in transportation policy and planning include transportation finance, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and travel survey methods. She also works in the area of transportation history. She earned a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University, an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Hilary Nixon, PhD
Dr. Nixon is Deputy Executive Director for the Mineta Transportation Institute and a faculty member in the MS Transportation Management program at San José State University. She specializes in transportation and environmental planning and policy, and her research focuses primarily on the factors that influence pro-environmental behavior and the relationship between transportation and the environment. She earned a BA from the University of Rochester and a PhD in Planning, Policy and Design from the University of California, Irvine.