You never have to wait too long for a new study or report on the shaky condition of our highway funding system. A survey of transportation news in August alone would have found think tanks, journalists and bloggers alike offering their prescriptions for an unfocused, malnourished, misdirected or imperiled Highway Trust Fund.
Just asking how to fix the highway fund seems redundant. But if we come at it from a different angle: Are we raising the money and spending the money in ways that reflect how we actually use the highway system? What do we need to consider in the way of costs and benefits that we aren't taking into account now? Or is the highway-specific premise too limiting in a multimodal world -- is this conversation really about finding a more flexible and comprehensive way of paying for transportation?