CHICAGO — With federal funding and gasoline tax revenue falling far short of meeting demand for transportation infrastructure, sector participants need to do a better job selling the public and political leaders on the perks of investment and the pitfalls of inaction.

While increased fuel efficiency in new vehicles offers environmental benefits, it has eroded gasoline tax collections, a primary source of state and federal funding for transportation. Other travel and vehicle-related taxes and fees, as well as public-private partnerships, help offset the losses, but gasoline taxes remain the backbone of funding schemes. At the same time, steadily rising construction costs are eroding the value of those tax dollars.

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