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Tackle transportation woes by steering toward pilot projects

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11.02.2019

America has a pavement problem. In 2017, substandard conditions on America’s urban roads caused an average of nearly $600 in repair costs per vehicle.

According to a 2016 study , U.S. drivers pay an additional $3 billion per year in maintenance calls due to pothole-related automobile damage. Meanwhile, America has a nearly $900 billion backlog of highway and bridge capital needs, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, who gave American roads a D grade. This rising national repair bill has prompted the Trump administration and lawmakers to call for increased infrastructure investment, rallying most often around around increasing a federal gasoline tax that has remained unchanged since 1993.

But even if the tax were indexed to inflation, fuel efficiency gains with new automobiles would result in less revenue over time. Fuel efficiency has increased roughly 20 percent since 1993, meaning that the average driver can drive an additional 60 miles before........

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