The A Safer Road To Tomorrow coalition is your source for highway and infrastructure information. The coalition is comprised of leading New Hampshire organizations that recognize the important role of New Hampshire's infrastructure.
The coalition's website will provide you with factual information about our state highway system and other highway safety initiatives that will help protect New Hampshire roads. Visit the Aboutpage for more information on the coalition partners, and the initiative's mission.
In the Spotlight...
Federal & State Motor Fuel Taxes
The American Petroleum Institute recently released its federal and state motor fuel taxes. New Hampshire remains the lowest ranked New England state, with an average of 42.2, and is ranked at number 31 nationally. The only state to reduce its gas tax was Connecticut, which still remains the highest rate in New England and the 4th highest in the nation. The next highest in New England is Rhode Island, followed by Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.
Gas Tax Repeal Voted Inexpedient to Legislate
House Bill 591, which aimed to repeal the 4.2- cent gas tax increase from the previous year, was found inexpedient to legislate by the House. Repealing the increase would have reduced much needed highway funding and halted the I-93 expansion project. Many groups spoke out against the bill, including Safer Roads partners Gary Abbott of the Associated General Contractors of NH and Erika Payne of NH Good Roads.
The efficiency of New Hampshire’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy. Businesses depend on an efficient and reliable transportation system to move products and services. A key component in business efficiency and success is the level and ease of access to customers, markets, materials and workers.
◼ Every year, $31 billion in goods are shipped annually from sites in New Hampshire and another $32 billion in goods are shipped annually to sites in New Hampshire, mostly by truck.
◼ Sixty-three percent of the goods shipped annually from sites in New Hampshire are carried by trucks and another 27 percent are carried by courier services, which use trucks for part of the deliveries. Similarly, 76 percent of the goods shipped to sites in New Hampshire are carried by trucks and another 17 percent are carried by courier services.
◼Commercial trucking in New Hampshire is projected to increase 31 percent by 2020.
◼ Businesses have responded to improved communications and greater competition by moving from a push-style distribution system, which relies on low-cost movement of bulk commodities and large-scale warehousing, to a pull-style distribution system, which relies on smaller, more strategic and time-sensitive movement of goods.
◼ Increasingly, companies are looking at the quality of a region’s transportation system when deciding where to re-locate or expand. Regions with congested or poorly maintained roads may see businesses relocate to areas with a smoother, more efficient transportation system.