DOT secretary praises public-private plans for roads

| 11/2/2006

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters took her privatization message on the road this week.

Speaking at a national meeting of state highway officials in Portland, OR, Peters singled out Texas as a good example of a state that's using private companies to do highway construction.

A U.S. DOT press release said Peters also cited Oregon as a state that's taking a creative approach to paying for highways.

Oregon is currently conducting a pilot program in which motorists pay transportation taxes based on how many miles they drive, instead of paying a fixed tax on each gallon of fuel.