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Section 11142(a) of SAFETEA-LU established the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission and charged it with analyzing future highway and transit needs and the finances of the Highway Trust Fund and making recommendations regarding alternative approaches to financing transportation infrastructure. These recommendations must address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

(a)  the levels of revenue that the Federal Highway Trust Fund will require to maintain and improve the condition and performance of the Nation's highway and transit systems and to ensure that Federal levels of investment in highways and transit do not decline in real terms (§ 11142(b)(2)(A)-(B)); and
(b)  the extent, if any, to which the Highway Trust Fund should be augmented by other mechanisms or funds as a Federal means of financing highway and transit infrastructure investments (§ 11142(b)(2)(C)).

The Commission will have 2 years to complete its work, and its final product will be a report that provides both analysis and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Finance of the Senate, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate, and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate . (§ 11142(b)(2)&(h)).

As provided by statute, the Commission has 15 members representing State and local government, industry, financial institutions, public policy organizations, and law firms.(§ 11142(c))

The Financing Commission has been chartered as a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation and must meet all of the requirements specified by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

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The Financing Commission has completed its Final Report. The Commission released its Final Report on February 26, 2009. Copies of the Final Report and the Executive Summary can be dowloaded using the links above, and bound printed copies can be ordered by using the e-mail address above.

Press Release on Bipartisan Policy Center report NSTIF Commission Press Release_060909_final.doc

SAFETEA-LU Section 11142_ Authorizing Legislation SAFETEA-LU Section 11142_ Authorizing Legislation MS word document

Financing Commission Charter Financing Commission Charter MS word document

Financing Commission Federal Register Notice of Intent Financing Commission Federal Register Notice of Intent Adobe pdf document

Interim Report Interim Report

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Chairman Atkinson
Vice-Chairman Shultz
Commissioner Carmody
Commissioner Crowe
Commissioner Florian
Commissioner Grote
Commissioner Kennedy
Commissioner Krusee
Commissioner Lentzsch
Commissioner Levenson
Commissioner Moore, Ph.D.
Commissioner Ruffalo Farnsworth
Commissioner Sander
Commissioner Scrivner
Commissioner Yarema


Final Report

On Thursday, February 26, 2009, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission released its Final Report. A copy of the full report can be downloaded by clicking here. The Press Release can be downloaded by clicking here, and the Executive Summary, which summarizes the report’s conclusions and recommendations, can be downloaded by clicking here. Printed bound copies of the Final Report can be ordered by e-mailing  A copy of the Commission's Options Evaluation Tool, which they used to evaluate the different funding and financing options, is available at the link below

The Financing Commission offers a roadmap for sweeping reform of the nation’s transportation infrastructure funding and finance framework. The Commission offers specific recommendations for increasing investment in transportation infrastructure while at the same time moving the Federal Government away from reliance on motor fuel taxes toward more direct fees charged to transportation infrastructure users.

The Financing Commission’s recommendations are timely and provocative, as the nation grapples with staggering shortfalls in infrastructure funding and the new administration turns its attention to building what President Obama calls “the roads and bridges…necessary to make this country great again.”