Our Research

Who Pays for Roads?: How the "Users Pay" Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America's Transportation Problems

Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been the case, and it is less true today than ever. Increasingly, American taxpayers are bearing more of the burden of paying for building, maintaining and operating our roads, regardless of how much they drive. Who Pays for Roads? exposes how long-running myths about how America pays for transportation continue to distort transportation policy, and argues for thorough reform of how the United States raises and spends transportation funds.

(May 2015)
Dangerous Inheritance: The Hotter, More Extreme Climate that We're Passing Down to America's Young

As a result of global warming, young Americans today are growing up in a different climate than their parents and grandparents experienced. People are noticing changes in their own backyards, no matter where they live. Dangerous Inheritance: The Hotter, More Extreme Climate that We're Passing Down to America's Young quantifies the changes in climate that various generations of Americans have experienced in recent years. Without urgent action to reduce global warming pollution, children born today will grow up in a more dangerous world.

(March 2015)
Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America

America’s major cities have played key roles in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap significant benefits from solar energy adoption. Many cities are already benefitting from smart policies that encourage investment in solar energy. Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America is the second report in our series ranking cities for their installed solar PV capacity - showing that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies.

(March 2015)
Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. State governments across the country have made their checkbooks transparent by creating online transparency portals – government-operated websites that allow visitors to see who receives state money and for what purposes. Following the Money 2015, our sixth annual ranking of states' progress toward online spending transparency, documents the progress states have made in the past year in empowering citizens to track state spending.

(March 2015)
The Innovative Transportation Index: The Cities Where New Technologies and Tools Can Reduce Your Need to Own a Car

Find out how your city ranked! And click here for shareable graphics you can use to tell all your friends about how great your favorite city is.

 
 

 

 

Rapid technological advances have enabled the creation of new transportation tools that make it possible for more Americans to live full and engaged lives without owning a car. Many of these new tools have been in existence for less than a decade – some for less than five years – but they have spread rapidly to cities across the United States.

 

This report reviews the availability of 11 technology-enabled transportation services – including online ridesourcing, carsharing, ridesharing, taxi hailing, static and real-time transit information, multi-modal apps, and virtual transit ticketing – in 70 U.S. cities. It finds that residents of 19 cities, with a combined population of nearly 28 million people, have access to eight or more of these services, with other cities catching up rapidly.

(February 2015)

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