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Transportation Planning: Principles and Practices of Transportation Finance

This course explains principles of transportation finance and reviews the general structure for funding transportation projects. Learn about the history of U.S. funding, from strong local funding to state and federal involvement to regional funding sources.

  • 62 Mins
  • Published
What You Will Learn
  • Learn how transportation finance has evolved to current practice
  • Review the general structure of finance mechanisms in the United States
  • Identify the key policy issues in transportation finance
  • Learn about how planning, programming and finance are linked
  • Explore alternative issues in equity that apply to transportation finance
  • Learn about current issues in transportation finance and project delivery

Transportation facilities and programs require large amounts of capital and operations funding. The menu of funding sources is complex, including federal and state sources based on gas and other taxes, local funds based on self-help sales taxes, general revenues, user fees, and many other sources.

This courses explains principles of transportation finance and reviews the general structure for funding projects. It reviews the history of U.S. funding from strong local funding to state and federal involvement to regional funding sources.


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.