America THINKS Survey
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DecelerAting the PurchASing Power of the gAS tAx
A combination of inflation, changing driving habits and increased fuel economy of vehicles has robbed much of the
purchasing power from the gas tax, which was last raised by the federal government to 18.4 cents in 1993. The
recession and fluctuating gas prices haven’t helped, as Americans have responded by ramping up efforts to conserve.
if you are currently making any efforts to conserve gas or drive
less often, in which of the following ways are you doing so?
finDing funDing for u.S. SurfAce trAnSPortAtion
Most Americans ready to make a long-term investment, but opinions vary on how to pay
As part of HNTB Corporation’s ongoing survey series, America thinKS, the infrastructure firm recently
asked people across the country to voice their opinions about driving, the gas tax, improving surface
transportation and funding options for the future.
Many Americans are willing to spend more for long-term transportation improvements, but the research
also shows differing opinions regarding the options that should be used locally, regionally and nationally,
including tolls, new user fees and congestion pricing, as well as raising the gas tax.
A. Grouping errands or outings together to reduce trips
B. Driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle
c. Carpooling or ride sharing
D. Using public transit more often
f. I am not currently making any efforts to conserve gas or drive less often
MoSt willing to PAy for long-terM, locAl iMProveMentS
Even in the midst of the current recession, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans would be willing to spend
more money on tolls, taxes, or public transit fares if transportation investments were made in their area. And an
increasing number of people (57 percent) say the gas tax is no longer sufficient to properly maintain the country’s
roads and bridges (compared to