Research

ARTBA’s other studies and analyses, available to members and the news media, provide regular updates on current market conditions, economic and policy reports and other key economic indicators.


ARTBA Economic Analysis of New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Shutdown

The week-long shutdown of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) transportation construction projects, beginning July 8, will cost the transportation construction industry and New Jersey taxpayers at least $41 million and displace as many as 1,700 construction workers next week, putting their $1.9 million in wages at risk. As the shutdown continues, the cost could grow to as high as $9 million per week in lost sales, wages and economic activity throughout the state. Over time, the reduction in demand could impact an additional 1,500 non-construction jobs.

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State Motor Fuel Tax Rates

A January 2016 snapshot of state gasoline taxes and other fees for transportation infrastructure investment. View The Full Report


How a Gas Tax Increase Affects the Retail Pump Price

A June 2015 analysis looks at how a gas tax increase affects pump price. View The Full Report


Gas Tax Supporters Not Hurt at Ballot Box

Voting for a gas tax increase to fund transportation investments has not hurt Republicans or Democrats at the ballot box, a new ARTBA political analysis shows. View the Full Report


Looming Highway Trust Fund Crisis: Impact on State Transportation Programs

This ARTBA report features public statements and testimony from state officials about the impacts on their construction programs from the continued uncertainty relating to the Highway Trust Fund. View the full report


Annual Industry Forecast

Find out what ARTBA’s economists see in their crystal ball for the transportation construction industry. The ARTBA annual forecast is published each December and will provide you with a national overview of the highway, bridge and transportation construction markets for the coming year. Purchase the 2016 Report


U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile

A comprehensive 2015 report by ARTBA’s economics and research team has quantified the enormous impacts of the transportation construction industry on the national and state economies. The study, “The U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile,” shows that money invested in transportation construction industry employment and purchases generates over $508 billion in U.S. economic activity. View the report


Study on Coal Ash Use in Transportation

Fly ash is a byproduct of coal combustion for electricity generation. It is widely used as a supplementary cementitious material in the production of concrete. Fly ash concrete is a mixture of choice for many state and local transportation departments and transportation engineers because of its performance enhancing and cost-saving benefits. It has also been praised for its environmental benefits as a “green” building material-putting to use an energy production byproduct that reduces demand for carbon-intensive portland cement, requires less water in the setting process, and would otherwise wind up in a landfill. Despite its many documented advantages and widespread use, new proposed disposal regulations may limit or eliminate its availability. The ARTBA-TDF study was conducted to forecast the potential economic impacts of the loss of fly ash availability in just one U.S. construction market-transportation infrastructure. View the report

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