See the FTI Report
presents transportation recommendations
The 14 recommendations the Forum derived from the conclusions
covered a range of policy and funding options.
Those recommendations are included under three general
New and revised policies that will facilitate future
Policy/revenue options that will support diverse transportation
Revenue actions that include a variety of methods
to increase revenue.
More information about the Forum's process can be found
on the Idaho Transportation Department Web site (www.itd.idaho.gov).
The final report will be posted on the Web site after the transportation
The following recommendations are divided into three
categories: Policy, Policy/Revenue and Revenue depending on their nature
P-1 Integrate land use and transportation
planning at all levels-state/regional/local.
P-2 Provide opportunities for user-fee based systems
(toll roads/high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, congestion pricing, etc.).
P-3 Promote partnership opportunities (private/public,
public/public, etc.) and remove legal barriers whenever possible.
P-4 Pursue future revenue opportunities and sources
by transitioning from traditional revenue generating sources (fuel tax/other)
to other methodologies (BTU tax, VMT tax, etc.).
P-5 Update the analytic Idaho Highway Needs Assessment
Study approximately every 10 years.
P/R-1 Acknowledge that Public Transportation
should be an integral part of Idaho's transportation system by dedicating
revenue mechanisms to address public transportation issues.
P/R-2 Achieve improved freight mobility by encouraging
truck/rail/port/air infrastructure investments and efficiencies.
P/R-3 Provide Local Option Taxing authority for transportation-related
P/R-4 Establish Index strategies for fuel taxes, vehicle
registrations, and other transportation-related taxes and/or fees.
P/R-5 Create a Rental Car Fee to generate revenue for
P/R-6 Assess new growth and development Impact Fees
for transportation facilities and distribute to all transportation jurisdictions
within the stated area of impact.
Idaho should increase revenue to the Highway Distribution Account by:
R-1 Increasing ALL Fuel Tax and ALL
Vehicle Registration Fees as soon as possible.
R-2 Increasing Motor Vehicle-Imposed Fees to cover
the cost of providing the services.
R-3 Eliminating or replacing the revenue impact of
alternative fuels tax exemptions (e.g., ethanol, bio-diesel, hydrogen,
or electric fuels).
The recommendations above are a menu of transportation
investment alternatives that the Forum felt reflected a variety of revenue
and policy adjustments that Idaho could make to address its transportation
funding shortfall. Each should be carefully considered as to its role
in providing critical funding for all modes of transportation in the
An important point to be made in the discussion of transportation
funding projected to FY2035 is that the Forum only examined the capital
needs of the state and did not attempt to quantify the funding needed
to operate and maintain the current and future transportation network.
Historical evidence tells us that operating and maintenance
costs must be factored into the budgets of the nearly 300 jurisdictions
responsible for transportation across the state.