Transportation Solutions for Arizona

Posted on April 30, 2008 | Type: Press Release
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Click here to view the executive summary and recommendations.

Click here to read the full report of "More Roads to Travel: A Path to Transportation Solutions for Arizona" by Dr. Byron Schlomach.

Report recommendations and links to more information

  • Create a new transportation funding mechanism--toll roads.
  • Build more roads.
  • Consider tolls or congestion pricing to reduce traffic at peak hours.
  • Minimize expensive and inflexible mass transit; legalize less expensive, flexible, private mass transit.
  • Amend Arizona's constitution so that the State Land Department can give land to Arizona Department of Transportation at no cost.
  • Implement known techniques to improve traffic flows.

Fast facts and links to more information

  • Traffic congestion costs Arizona $2 billion annually and is getting worse.
  • Fuel taxes can't meet the need for funds; their purchasing power has declined steadily since 1977.   
  • From 1960 to 2000, government subsidies to transit increased 700 percent. During that time, the share of work trips by transit fell from over 12 percent to less than 5 percent.
  • The $898 million worth of contracts let to build the Phoenix light rail system is enough money to build 19 miles of four-lane highway.
  • Half of the drivers during rush hour are not going to work; congestion pricing or tolls could lower peak traffic.

Tax increase for transportation likely to be on fall ballot

  • 'TIME' Coalition gathering signatures for initiative to raise statewide sales tax to fund transportation projects.
  • Projects to be funded include new roads and more mass transit, including communter rail and a rail line between Phoenix and Tucson.
  • Goldwater Institute says transportation needs can be solved without a tax increase.

Approved Quotes

"We need to think outside the box, because the transportation funding plans we have in place won't get us from here to there." -Dr. Byron Schlomach
 
"One reason we're stuck in traffic is because we're stuck with an old and ineffective funding formula--the fuel tax." -Dr. Byron Schlomach
 
"Drivers can easily pass through the state without buying fuel or anything else--paying nothing to use our roads. This makes relying on gas or sales taxes to pay for new roads inadequate."  -Dr. Byron Schlomach

 "Like 20 other states, Arizona should tap into the resources of the private sector to help build roads." -Dr. Byron Schlomach

"Phoenix's low population density makes continued emphasis on mass transit befuddling." -Dr. Byron Schlomach
 
"By how they've chosen to spend their money, Arizonans have shown how much they value the flexibility cars provide. Transportation solutions need to embrace that reality." -Dr. Byron Schlomach
 
"While Phoenix is building roads behind demand, at least it is building. Tucson isn't even trying to keep up with demand."  -Dr. Byron Schlomach

 "Phoenix needs the planned but unfunded Loop 202 extension around South Mountain right away." -Dr. Byron Schlomach

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