Evaluating the Impact of Local Expenditures on State and Regional Transportation Facilities

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  06/07/2018

Summary:

Local funding is used not only to support local roadway system, but also to supplement roads or streets that may serve partial regional benefits, including some county roads in the County State-Aid Highway System (CSAH) and some city streets in the Municipal State-Aid Street (MSAS) System (Burress, 2016a, 2016b). To the extent that local efforts are used to partially support regional benefits, it is important to examine the state-local share of fiscal responsibilities. However, no study has been conducted to evaluate the impact of local expenditures on state and regional transportation facilities. This proposed project aims to address the research need about the impact of local expenditures on state and regional transportation facilities in Minnesota. In particular, we will (1) analyze how state, regional, and local transportation funding has changed over time; (2) identify the trends of transportation grants and potential consequences on local transportation efforts; (3) estimate the amount of local funding that are spent on non-local systems; and (4) Identifying the implications and long-term impacts of these funding trends.

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