Michigan Transportation in the Seventies

by William C. Taylor, Executive Dir.; Interagency Transp. Council, State of Michigan, Lansing, MI,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 847-853

Document Type: Journal Paper


The State of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Transportation have both introduced programs that alter transportation policy. In Michigan, the Governor has proposed a program to divert a portion of the motor fuel tax to a discretionary account. These funds would then be used to meet urban transportation problems without restriction to modes. His proposal also includes a $1.7 billion highway program, and a move toward a system of regional airports. President Nixon's transportation revenue sharing proposal is analyzed as it might affect these Michigan programs. Multimodal state planning efforts are questioned, based on the measurable impacts found in Michigan. The ability of the civil engineer to maintain a prominent role in establishing transportation policy is questioned. Revised thinking and training are recommended to prepare the profession for the new challenges.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Taxation | Urban areas | Highways and roads | Airports and airfields | Revenues | Transportation studies | Training | Michigan | United States

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