Adrian Moore is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, where he leads policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, transportation, and utilities. He regularly advises federal, state, and local officials on ways to streamline government and reduce costs. Moore served on Congress's National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission and, since 2009, has served on California's Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission. The coauthor of several books and dozens of policy studies, Moore has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Economic Affairs, and numerous other publications. In 2002, he was honored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael F. Corbett & Associates Ltd. for his work showing governments how to use public-private partnerships and the private sector to save taxpayer money and improve the efficiency of their agencies. Prior to joining Reason, Moore served 10 years in the Army on active duty and reserves.
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First we must examine how we spend transportation dollars now. Then we maximize the value out of those dollars. Finally, the last step is to address the need for additional revenue.
Citizens can see that the Highway Trust Fund needs fixing before it receives more money.
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A per-mile charge, especially one implemented via 21st-century all-electronic tolling technology, is a far better highway user fee than per-gallon fuel taxes.
The urgent need to rebuild and modernize vital Interstate highway infrastructure is bogged down by politics and the current systems failure to prioritize projects that deliver the most benefits.