John Semmens is a research fellow at the Independent Institute, a research project manager in the Arizona Department of Transportation Research Center, and contributing author to the Independent Institute book "Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Roads," edited by Gabriel Roth. Semmens also is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.

By Dr. John Semmens

Fuel Hikes Won’t Spur Public Transit

A New Approach to Financing Highways

Michigan highway financing goes through "binge" and "bust" cycles that allow roads to deteriorate before new monies are raised. Modern technology may make possible a more equitable and cost-effective "pay-as-you-go" system. … more