BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Budget shortfalls and lack of access to capital markets for infrastructure projects may be sparking a transition period for financing that could ultimately prove beneficial for issuers over the long term, transportation experts said yesterday.

Government leaders and analysts who spoke at The Bond Buyer's Ninth Annual Transportation Finance/P3 Conference said agencies are coping with declines in traffic growth and associated drops in gasoline and diesel fuel tax revenue, and are searching for ways in addition to debt issuance to finance transportation projects.

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