On June 24, 2014, Dr. David Ellis, TTI Research Scientist and Manager of the TTI Infrastructure Investment Analysis Program, presented before the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures and Finance two funding scenarios for Texas infrastructure and mobility needs as well as an assessment of additional new construction and maintenance needs from today through 2030. Click here to read Dr. Ellis’ testimony.
On February 12, 2013, Dr. David Ellis, TTI Research Scientist and Manager of the TTI Infrastructure Investment Analysis Program, provided testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII, and VIII. He responded to a request to address the current status of Texas transportation infrastructure, specifically as it relates to highways; projected Texas transportation needs; and potential future transportation funding solutions. Oral remarks were reflective of the written statement: Dr. Ellis’ Testimony.
The latest version of the TRENDS model is now available online. A few key features include: Advanced or Basic mode, linked tabs for quicker page navigation, “sliders” instead of text boxes to reduce the risk of input error, real-time graph to track your progress updates after each variable change, easier access to output reports, and a new economic impact component to calculate the impact of revenue dedicated to a selected region. TRENDS
TTI Economics and Finance Researchers Brianne Glover and Nick Norboge were selected to present the T.R.E.N.D.S. Model to a 2012 Mid-Continent Transportation Forum in Madison, WI. Dr. Glover and Mr. Norboge will present T.R.E.N.D.S. on September 6th and discuss its potential for improving decision-making for other states. (Read more).
In a two-year long effort that culminated in June 2012, senior Texas A&M Transportation Institute research scientist Dr. David Ellis examined best practices for determining the economic impacts associated with transportation improvements. With the help of TTI Finance and Economics researchers Dr. Brianne Glover, and Nick Norboge, Dr. Ellis examined methodologies used in four U.S. states and developed a list of most applicable practices. (Read More)
Detailed transportation funding information for Texas will soon be available to anyone with Internet access — thanks to an interactive website (called TRENDS) being co-designed by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). It’s the first time a state’s transportation funding projection model will be available to the public. TRENDS, by the way, stands for Transportation Revenue, Estimator and Needs Determination System. (Read more)