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Play Button  Extra - Bite the Bullet - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says an increased fuel tax would help in capacity projects.
Play Button  Extra - Main Cost - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez describes one of the main expenses when building new roads.
Play Button  Extra - The Biggest Challenge - Elizabeth Thomas with the Center for Planning Excellence describes the state’s biggest transportation planning challenge.
Play Button  Extra - Quick changes need to be made - Center for Planning Excellence head, Elizabeth Thomas, explains a major issue with Louisiana’s current planning process.
Play Button  Extra - Ozone Nonattainment - DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas describes the challenges La. faces if the state fails to meet lower ozone level targets being considered by EPA.
Play Button  Extra - Road Transfer Fund - DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas touches on a cost-sharing plan for local municipalities wanting road projects.
Play Button  Extra - Baton Rouge plans - DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas explains current plans to alleviate Baton Rouge gridlock.
Play Button  Extra - More funding coming - DOTD Sec. Sherri LeBas describes a transportation funding source that is on the horizon.
Play Button  Extra - Transportation Infrastructure Bank - Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Plaquemine, explains how a Transportation Infrastructure Bank will work.
Play Button  Extra - LMTA is… - Cathy Gautreaux describes the role of the La. Motor Transport Association.
Play Button  Extra - Vehicle Mileage Tax - Cathy Gautreaux explains concerns of LMTA with a vehicle mileage tax.

08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Louisiana collects $630 million per year in federal highway dollars and 20-cents from each gallon of gasoline purchased for its own transportation fund. Louisiana’s current state budget siphons $60 million from its Transportation Trust Fund to cover costs of the Louisiana State Police. In the next 30 years, Louisiana's economic health and quality of life may be at risk because of transportation funding challenges. What should the state’s transportation priorities be? Where are the sources for funding? Is it time for a new funding stream at both the state and federal level? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Down the Road: Our Transportation Future” Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Record date: Tuesday, August 26.)


Louisiana has more than 61,000 miles of roadways including 16,687 miles of state highway. The system is the 11th largest in the nation. According to Sherri LeBas, Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), “Of those sixty thousand miles, the bulk are the local’s responsibility; sixteen thousand miles are the state’s responsibility.”

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As I understood the presentation about Transportation Funding, all the money paid by tax payers to fund Transportation projects is not used for that purpose so therefore there is never enough money.
Why then would any sane taxpayer vote more taxes!?

Government needs to do a better job of managing our tax dollars before asking for more!

Posted by Cathy Troy  on  09/05  at  11:36 AM

All of you seem to talk alot but not a single one of you has the guts to take any action. 

For 50+ years there has been alot of talk about a loop around BR and nothing but “studies” have been done.  At a very high cost at that. 

It’s time someone grew a pair and got something done.

Posted by bob  on  09/05  at  11:38 AM

In this video presentation, it is highlighted that money of transportation taxpayers is not being used in their favor them.

If same scenario will continue then current government will lose the support of transportation community.

Posted by ciara  on  09/05  at  11:41 AM

From this program, I learned that Louisiana collects 20 cents per gallon of gasoline, but only 16 cents of that can be used for future road work; 4 cents of that money is dedicated to the TIMED program. Correct?

I also learned something about matching Federal funds. It seems some projects are matched 90% by the fed. govt. I assume DOTD will look at those projects first, given its limited budget(?)

Another comment: it seemed the program focused on the traffic congestion in and around the Baton Rouge area, and did not go further to address other statewide traffic issues.

Nevertheless, I found the program to be very informative.

Posted by Julie Allen  on  09/05  at  11:43 AM

what a way to present the information..highly professional..hats off..

Posted by jack marco  on  09/16  at  06:18 AM
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