On December 3, Eno released the report Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fundat the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The report is the result of an effort to evaluate the rational behind the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and confirm and debunk concerns about moving away from a trust fund structure.
The paper also draws on lessons from peer nations around the world to see how they have been able to sustainably fund their transportation programs at the federal level. Intended to provoke discussion, the research demonstrates that there are other viable ways fund core, long term investment programs, and that using general funds for all or some of the program might offer the ability to move to improved investment decisions.
President and CEO Joshua Schank presented the report’s findings. Following his presentation a panel of experts, which included Emil Frankel (Senior Fellow, Eno); Susan Binder (Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics); Jeff Davis (Publisher and Editor, Transportation Weekly); Bud Wright (Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials); and Bill Ankner (Principal, Transportation Solutions), engaged in a lively discussion.