All aspects of transportation in Kentucky cover a lot of ground. Advocates from across the Commonwealth are gathering to discuss everything from pavement to air strips to barge traffic. More than 400 people are attending the 35th Kentucky Transportation Conference. Over the next 35 years, a staple of transportation, gasoline could take a back seat to electricity, natural gas, and even compressed air. That could have a big impact on taxes collected from the sale of gasoline.
Kentuckians for Better Transportation President Stan Lampe says some states have already seen a decline in gas taxes.
“Kentucky, at least, our revenues have been going up slightly because consumption has been pretty flat, not going down yet. But, we do have to deal with this and deal with it now, because in six, eight, or ten years, we’re gonna have a number of vehicles on the road that won’t use gasoline,” said Lampe.
Lampe says the use of mass transit in urban areas among retired citizens could increase in the years ahead.
“As they retire, instead of having two cars in the family, they’ll have one and we’re seeing baby boomers in urban areas use mass transit, public transit more frequently than they have in the past,” added Lampe.
One of those attending the conference is Jessamine County Judge Executive Neal Cassidy. He says it’s important to keep up with the rules for receiving state funds for local roads.
“Funding is getting harder to come by and if you don’t know the tricks of the trade, why you come up on the short end of the stick a lot of time,” said Cassidy.
Cassidy says common concerns for county officials include ‘over traveled’ and ‘too narrow’ roads.