Legislation for the next several years is likely to be characterized by short-term extensions and stagnant, if not declining, revenue sources
By Emil Frankel
The subject of the first formal hearing of the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T & I) under the leadership of its new chair, Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania (held on February 13, 2013), was the federal role in transportation. In addressing this question, T & I considered an issue that has been explored, since the beginning of the Republic.
Recently, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) released a report of the proceedings of a workshop it organized in late 2011 on this subject, Strategies for Defining the Core Federal Role in Surface Transportation. The report of this workshop’s proceedings included a background historical study of the federal role in transportation by John Fischer, formerly of the Congressional Research Service.