CHICAGO -- With motor fuel tax revenues in a long-term slide, transportation advocates need to get better at convincing the public and elected officials about the link between infrastructure and regional economic health, speakers at the Bond Buyer’s Transportation Finance/P3 conference said.

“The days of money raining down on us from Washington are over,” Randall Blankenhorn, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, said Thursday. “We have to think about new and innovative ways to leverage government money in ways we haven’t thought of.”

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