The activity must earn public confidence through open processes and effective communication.
Congress has recently created the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. Parts of its charge are to study alternative revenue sources to fund the surface transportation system for the next 30 years and to develop a transition strategy to move to new funding mechanisms. Although the commission can begin evaluations, development of fundamentally new finance arrangements and the supporting evaluations would extend well beyond its term. Defining the appropriate organization of the development program and its scope of work would be an appropriate topic for the commission’s consideration.
TRB Transportation Research Board
TRB. 2003. Special Report 271: Freight Capacity for the 21st Century. National Academies, Washington, D.C.