Media
A Safer Road To Tomorrow releases several publications every year designed to educate the driving public about the importance of New Hampshire's infrastructure. The coalition publishes a quarterly newsletter filled with current events about the infrastructure, as well as an annual calendar. The coalition also publishes topic-specific reports throughout the year.

A Safer Road To Tomorrow Produced Reports

April 2018 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
stacks_image_781BC3CA-BD16-4EF1-BA5D-D337402E17DD
The April 2018 issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow highlights the Road Usage Fee legislation that recently passed the House as well as the ten year highway plan.

Other featured stories include:
  • U.S. DOT Awards NH $10M in TIGER Grant Funds
  • How New Hampshire Workers Are Getting to Their Jobs
    Leveling the Playing Field in Transportation Funding: An Overview on the Road Usage Fee:
    stacks_image_644E7BD1-67A4-483D-B4FA-EA0795485FF5
    A Safer Road to Tomorrow has published a comprehensive report that explores all the benefits, challenges, and options for implementing a Road Usage Fee (RUF), called "Leveling the Playing Field in Transportation Funding: An Overview on the Road Usage Fee Concept." The purpose of an RUF is to create a fair, balanced system in which all drivers, even those of hybrid, electric, or alternative fuel vehicles, are paying the same amount toward road and bridge maintenance. The booklet outlines the many reasons for a new system and offers multiple formula options based on federal and state data to determine the amount of the fee.
    October 2017 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
    stacks_image_C712CB29-985B-4F0B-81A9-FE724C2F4017
    The October 2017 issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow highlights the 2019-2028 Ten-Year Transportation Plan - what will be included under the plan and what won't. It also touches upon the Road Usage Fee concept and how other states are handling alternative-fuel fees.

    Headlines include:
    • 2019-2028 Ten-Year Transportation Plan: The Good and the Bad
    • Report Shows 19 States Use Electric/Alternative-Fueled Vehicle Fees for Road Maintenance
    • Safer Roads Coalition Releases Booklet on Road Usage Fee Concept
    • Vacuum Company Dyson to Unveil Electric Car in 2020
    July 2017 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
    stacks_image_3D4B86F2-A49D-4F3D-883D-C6DD7F32BF35
    The July 2017 issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow highlights fuel taxes, gas prices, and bridge deficiencies in New Hampshire.

    Headlines include:
    • Eight States Raise Their Fuel Taxes in 2017
    • Gas Buddy Study: More Americans to Hit the Roads this Summer Dues to Stable Gas Prices
    • New App Tackles Infrastructure Funding
    • TRIP Reports New Hampshire's Bridges Have High Rates of Deficiencies
    • Trump's Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan May be Delayed
    February 2017 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
    stacks_image_79051E28-0EB8-4E5A-A356-4532DB327FA3
    February Issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow Now Available

    A Safer Road to Tomorrow has just released the latest issue of its publication. The seasonal newsletter is sent to various state legislators and officials as a way to increase awareness for issues specific to highway funding and construction.

    The issue's headlines include:
    • New Bill for Road Usage Fee Proposed
    • Sununu's 2017 Budget Address
    • Driving Toward Zero Fatalities in New Hampshire
    • Road Diets
    September 2016 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
    stacks_image_01BA31B9-BFD6-4417-83FA-A9661F64D1E3
    September's Issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow Focuses on Highway Funding and Motor Vehicle Fatalities in NH

    In its September issue, Safer Roads puts the spotlight on the current status of the Federal Highway Trust Fund, while also providing statistics on how New Hampshire compares with the rest of the country on fuel taxes and motor vehicle deaths. The articles delve into the need for infrastructure funding on both state and local levels.

    The issue’s headlines include:

      June 2016 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
      stacks_image_DD42998F-9139-40AB-A840-D9CCC88E77C0
      The latest issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow puts the spotlight on the Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. Overall, the new plan includes a slightly higher investment than the previous plan two years ago. This year's plan takes into account the passage of the federal FAST Act and the TIFIA bond that was signed at the end of May.

      Other Featured stories in the June 2016 issue include:
      • Additional I-93 Lanes Will Remain Closed Until State Resolves Environmental Concerns
      • Eleven States Increase Gas Tax
      • Governor Hassan & NHDOT Accept Federal TIFIA Funds
      • 700 Miles of Paving and Pavement Preservation
      March 2016 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
      stacks_image_3812D602-E287-4185-BE34-6C82B96C42BE
      The latest issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow puts the spotlight on the latest legislation regarding taxes for electric and hybrid vehicles. As the number of these kinds of cars on New Hampshire roads increase, the legislature is looking into alternatives to the gas tax to ensure electric or hybrid drivers are paying their fair share for using the same roads. The articles delve into House Bills 1602 and 1658, explaining their stipulations and their current status in the legislature.

      Other Featured stories in the March 2016 issue include:
      • Federal Five-Year Highway Bill Signed by President
      • 2017-2027 Ten Year Transportation Plan
      • New Hampshire Gas Prices Continue to Decline
      • Three New Hands-Free Bills Fail House Committee
      October 2015 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
      stacks_image_5FABF94F-C9F5-49A1-8FEC-E38087DA9C10
      In the October 2015 issue, Safer Roads puts the spotlight on delayed construction projects and red-listed bridges in the state. The publication also covers the recent sinkhole repair in Concord and outlines the newly proposed Road Usage Fee. Story headlines include:

      • 2017-2026 Draft Ten Year Transportation Plan
      • Infrastructure is Key to NH Competitiveness
      • Four Reasons Gas Prices Have Dropped
      • Municipal Bridge Repairs Delayed Due to Lack of Available Funding
      • Road Usage Fee Proposed
      • Following I-93 Sinkhole Repair, Concord Officials Review Drainage Options
      July 2015 A Safer Road to Tomorrow Newsletter:
      stacks_image_4DA17E7A-CD5F-4047-9F25-90527780F8A0
      The July 2015 issue of A Safer Road to Tomorrow covers topics ranging from federal highway funding, to state budget, to the new Hands-Free law. Inside you'll find details on the recent federal highway fund patch as well as the newly proposed DRIVE Act meant to build on the Map-21 Act. Also published in this edition is the TRIP report, which touches on the deficiencies of New Hampshire's Rural Roads and Bridges.

      Titles in this issue include:
      • Both Long and Short-Term Solutions for Federal Highway Funding
      • TRIP Report Released
      • New Hampshire's Hands Free Law Takes Effect on July 1, 2015
      Proposed Legislation:
      Raising Road Toll According to CPI
      stacks_image_9EC59B27-3BF0-4420-B847-818C21BFCB3D
      Safer Roads has recently released a publication with regard to Senate Bill 367. Sponsored by Senator Jim Rausch, this legislation requires the adjustment of the road toll imposed on sales of motor fuels in 2014 and 2018, and then every four years thereafter, according to changes in the Consumer Price Index. These new revenues collected from adjustments to the CPI, which amount to $31,883,783. However, local municipalities will receive 12% of the highway fund, which amounts to $3.8 million.

      We encourage those who support this legislation to attend the hearing and to contact your senator, encouraging them to support as well. We anticipate the hearing for Senate Bill 367 to be held during the week of February 18th in the State House before the House Ways and Means Committee.
      It's Complicated:
      Understanding the Highway Fund
      stacks_image_F6E82A4D-6879-4ADA-B502-92D9DC06ECF9
      It’s Complicated is the newest publication released by the “A Safer Road To Tomorrow Coalition.” The booklet is a comprehensive guideline of the system New Hampshire uses to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure. Understanding the Highway Fund is a “complicated” process. However It’s Complicated summarizes in a straightforward format the variety of collected revenues and expenditures needed to maintain and construct the state’s road and bridge projects.
      Raising the Gas Tax for the Greater Good:
      As Proposed by House Bill 617
      stacks_image_B80C7EDA-6B02-42E7-8BF9-B484836F73F4
      This brochure highlights the increased funding municipalities will receive if House Bill 617 passes. The bill increases the rate of the gas tax 12 cents over four years. Municipalities currently receive a dedicated 12% from the state for their infrastructure system. This 12% comes from revenue earned from gas tax and motor vehicle registrations.

      If House Bill 617 passes, municipalities will see an increase in their funding of over 30%. This will limit the need for cities and towns to raise property taxes in order to make the necessary infrastructure improvements.

      The document is designed to be a tri-fold brochure, and can be easily printed.
      Sharing the Road & Sharing the Cost:
      How Alternative Fuel Vehicles Can Contribute to Infrastructure Maintenance
      stacks_image_EB360E61-951C-451E-A738-8E0C6AD68D83
      “Sharing the Road & Sharing the Cost” looks at three methods that the state can implement over time that will continue to encourage the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, while ensuring that owners and operators of these vehicles are contributing their fair share. Using other states’ laws as a guideline the booklet suggests the following methods:

      1. Registration Fee: An additional fee can be charged to owners of alternative fuel vehicles at the time of registration. This is the simplest and most cost effective way of charging alternative fuel vehicles for road maintenance, which is why it should be the first step in charging these vehicles.

      2. Alternative Fuel Conversion Matrix: An alternative fuel conversion matrix would take the alternative fuel and convert its unit of measurement to the equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. The state’s current gas tax rate would then be added to the base cost of the alternative fuel. The implementation of this method could be delayed until the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road reaches a certain point.

      3. Vehicle Miles Traveled: A vehicle miles travelled (VMT) system reflects a driver’s true usage of the road. There are several methods for collecting VMT information– through odometer reporting at the time of registration; during the fueling process; or overhead gantries (similar to open road tolling). Advanced technologies are needed to implement this system, and following the federal government’s lead, a VMT system could eventually replace the gas tax, which is why it is last in the process of charging alternative fuel vehicles.
      A Look Into The Ten Year Plan
      stacks_image_BE4B367C-6E28-47D3-A965-1D3598D20277
      The Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire (AGC of NH), a partner in the A Safer Road to Tomorrow Coalition, analyzed the proposed 2013-2022 Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan (Ten Year Plan) to see how project revenues match with projected construction. AGC of NH also analyzed the 2007-2016 Ten Year Plan and the 2011-2020 Ten Year Plan to provide reference points for comparison. The Executive Summary highlights the major findings of the analysis.
      Click on the links below to view the three presentation reports and read the Executive Summary.

      Executive Summary

      2013-2022 Ten Year Plan

      2011-2020 Ten Year Plan

      2007-2016 Ten Year Plan
      Modern Mobility & How We Use Our Infrastructure
      stacks_image_19777C30-621B-41A4-899D-4617CE634972
      "Modern Mobility & How We Use Our Infrastructure" explores the role roads and bridges, aviation, mass transit passenger rail and freight, and water infrastructure plays in our everyday lives. The booklet describes the defining characteristics of each system and usage by citizens.

      A recurring theme throughout the booklet highlights the fact that without roads and bridges, the other systems would not function as they do today. Roads and bridges provide the necessary link between all systems, and afford the most mobility for citizens. Roads and bridges are used each day as citizens commute to work, run errands, and perform other activities.

      The A Safer Road to Tomorrow Coalition believes this booklet will give readers a better understanding of what the infrastructure system provides us with. Without today's infrastructure, we would not have the technological advances or quality of life we depend on today.
      Transportation: Funding New Hampshire's Needs
      stacks_image_9EF8A91E-BAB8-485F-8FD3-38FDD0F78D5E
      "Transportation: Funding New Hampshire's Needs" continues the A Safer Road to Tomorrow's coalition mission into 2011. Whether or not it is apparent, the transportation system makes modern day life possible. Commuting to work, taking vacations, or running simple errands would not be as easy today if this system did not exist. Additionally, our economy depends on new businesses coming to the state, accessible delivery routes, and tourism; all of which depend on a reliable transportation system. As the cracks in the roads become bigger, New Hampshire's quality of life also shows cracks.

      The booklet examines the role transportation plays in our everyday lives through foundations for improvement:

      1. Improving the User Funding Model
      2. Addressing the Transportation Deficit
      3. Improving NH's Economy Through Strategic Investments
      4. Emphasizing the Importance of Infrastructure to Congress
      Campaign Choice: Where Do You Stand on Transportation
      stacks_image_15F34125-9FE3-4A33-96CA-41BD610E7D7C
      Transportation is a priority for each American, and should be a top priority for our elected officials. Efficient transportation is a key component in the economic standing of a nation, allowing goods to travel quickly to their ultimate consumer. As globalization increases, the need for a quality transportation system grows as well.

      "Campaign Choice: Where Do You Stand on Transportation?" looks at the integral part our transportation system plays in our everyday life, and asks how our elected officials and those running for office plan to support it. The booklet touches on federal and state funding, making the case that while both are running low on funding, neither branch can support the entire system on its own. The booklet tackles the numerous excuses for not increasing investments with commonsense responses that show investing in our transportation means investing in America.
      © 2012 A Safer Road To Tomorrow