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December 5, 2007

Message from the Coalition

Hello Highway User,

As the Coalition works to keep you informed about highway issues taking shape throughout Nevada and the country, it is becoming more and more evident that transportation funding is a critical issue almost everywhere.

Included in the material to the right are several articles from around the country. North Carolina is experiencing a potential $65 billion funding shortfall over the next 20 years. The 21st Century Transportation Committee, comprised of 24 elected officials, has been formed there to provide the General Assembly a preliminary report by May 2008. We will keep you posted as this process unfolds.

The momentum regarding our transportation funding needs in Nevada is still increasing, with more and more groups taking part in the discussion from different perspectives. One of those perspectives is being analyzed by a study group, created by the Governor, on public-private partnerships, which has a meeting tomorrow morning. They will consider an agenda item regarding a recommendation whether public-private partnerships are a viable option for the state of Nevada.

As you can see, there is an abundance of discussions ongoing regarding transportation issues in Nevada and throughout the country. If there are any issues in particular you would like to learn more about in this newsletter, please write us a note and let us know.

Highway Users Coalition

November 16, 2007

Message from the Coalition

Hello Highway User,

With the release of this newsletter we’re pleased to announce the launch of a renewed effort by the Nevada Highway Users Coalition to keep state infrastructure in the minds of Nevada lawmakers and other residents.

We believe there is nothing more critical to the future of this state than ensuring our highways, bridges and other infrastructure are sound. Without quality roadways, business and industry will languish and tourists will find somewhere else to travel.

It’s essential that we find a way to meet our infrastructure needs sooner rather than later. These are necessities, and the cost will only go up in the future. We either have to find a way to pay for these improvements now or pay more for them later.

Also, our roads are rapidly declining in safety. In fact, a national transportation analysis group gave Nevada an “F” on the safety of our roadways. This is simply unacceptable.

Finally, our roadways and ease of movement within our communities is critical to our quality of life. Without some serious upgrades, traffic in Nevada will be comparable to Los Angeles by 2030. I don’t know anyone who is OK with that.

Please take the time to use this newsletter as an informational resource to keep yourself informed of the issue and what’s happening. If you have any questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to contact the coalition.

Highway Users Coalition

April 26, 2007

Statewide Poll Shows Support Growing for Additional Accountable
Highway Funding to Aleviate Gridlocked Roads

Voters cite lost time and stress as two largest “traffic tax” effects
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April 11, 2007

Media Advisory: Assembly Transportation to Tackle Funding Solutions

The Assembly Transportation Committee will hear amendments to
AB-595 to address Nevada’s $3.8 billion highway funding shortfall

April 11, 2007

Lack of Highway Funding Pinches Everyone’s Pocketbook
Economic Study Shows Negative Impact of Lost Time;
Highway Projects Stimulate Local Economies

Testimony on SB 324 – Nevada’s Highway Funding Bill
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April 9, 2007

Highway Users Coalition Unveils Public Campaign for Highway Funding — Urges Legislature to Address $3.8 Billion Shortfall this Session

Funding Bill SB 324 Set for Hearing Tuesday at 1 p.m.
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April 9, 2007

Media Advisory: Senate Taxation Committee to hear Senate Bill 324

Users Coalition to Present Expert Testimony on the Cost of Not Keeping Up
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Nevada Transportation Issues

Study reports economic and fiscal impact of delays in highway system improvements


TRIP gives Nevada's highways failing grades

TRIP Nevada report card  |  Download PDF

TRIP Las Vegas press release  |  Download PDF

TRIP Las Vegas report card  |  Download PDF

TRIP Reno/Carson press release  |  Download PDF

TRIP Reno/Carson report card  |  Download PDF

TRIP grading scale  |  Download PDF

Senate Bill 324

The Highway Funding and Accountability Act


Las Vegas Review-Journal | May 21, 2007

Federal highway account dries up

States hunt for cash to build, repair roads

by Jim Abrams, Associated Press

Las Vegas Review-Journal | May 20, 2007

Woodburry says inaction might force growth limits

By Omar Sofradzija, Review-Journal

Las Vegas Review-Journal | May 20, 2007

$3.8 Billion Shortfall: Highway spending up in air

Legislative session coming to end with no plan in sight

By Ed Vogel, Review-Journal Capitol Bureau

In Business Las Vegas | May 18, 2007

Gibbons' road trip

by Jon Ralston

Las Vegas Sun | May 18, 2007

Jon Ralston offers reasons for calling a special session

Las Vegas Sun | May 10, 2007

Roads head toward dead end

A big cash infusion looks less and less likely, even as Southern Nevada gets 100 more cars a day


Panel weighs funding for new driver licenses

by Amanda Fehd, Associated Press

Reno Gazette-Journal | April 23, 2007

'Hidden taxes' on state roads taking major tolls on Nevada

by Rod Cooper

Las Vegas Sun | April 13, 2007

Jon Ralston on why pols often find it easier to patronize than to lead


Measure on heavy truck tax advances

Bill has 15 cents-per-mile 'weight-distance tax'

by Ed Vogel, Review-Journal Capital Bureau

Las Vegas Sun | April 12, 2007

EDITORIAL: Efficient roads, or bust

Nevada's economy will tank if bill is not passed to fund needed road construction

Reno Gazette-Journal | April 12, 2007

EDITORIAL: State's road needs can't wait for one more commission


LEGISLATURE 2007: Highway funding debated

Lawmakers advised to invest in roads to keep state's economy strong

by Ed Vogel, Review-Journal Capital Bureau

Nevada Appeal | April 11, 2007

Nevada's highway funding shortfall debated

Delays could mean increase of $800 million in project costs

by Joe Mullin, Associated Press


Group urges solution for road funding

by Jeff DeLong

Las Vegas Review-Journal | April 4, 2007

Dilly-Dallying on Roads: Where's the Leadership in Carson City?

Las Vegas Sun | March 18, 2007

EDITORIAL: Hear those cars a-honkin'

In Business Las Vegas | March 16, 2007

On the road to nowhere

by Jon Ralston

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