MuniNet Guide provides information resources for transportation agencies and authorities, policymakers, planners, and researchers, on such topics as transportation policies, planning, financing, programs and services, data analytics, and more. Nationwide airports, highways and tollways, mass transit, and ports are provided as a listing of individual website links.
Tollroads Show Strongest Growth in Total Revenue Growth
Tollroads Edge Hospitals for the Municipal Bond Credit Sector Revenue Honors
Tollroad and Hospital Sectors easily led all other municipal bond credit sectors when it came to annual total revenue growth over the recent five year period spanning 2012 through 2017.
Tollroads saw a median increase of 30.4%, barely edging out hospitals (systems and independent obligors), which grew by 29.8%.
The slowest growing sector belonged to the wholesale electric sector, which only saw a five year bump of 4.3%. The wholesale electric group, also frequently referred to as public power authority joint action agencies, has been showing positive margins as their missions are often limited to the large generating power plants that they financed.
The credit sector summary analysis comparing the growth in total revenues to total expenses from 2012 to 2017 was compiled by Merritt Research Services, LLC using audited reports from approximately 10,000 municipal bond borrowers.
The Tollroad sector was the clear leader among the major municipal credit sectors. Its total revenue pace was about double that of its total expenses during the period from 2012 to 2017. The strong revenue growth experienced by the sector doesn’t mean that every municipal bond tollroad borrower raised more than it took in every year; but, the vast majority has been doing that lately. For Fiscal Year 2017, 75% of all tollroads reporting a five year trend showed positive net income.
Airport Revenue Trends
Airport traffic and revenues improved in 2015. Revenue per enplanement close at its highest level in 10 years.
American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Professional organization for airport executives, representing airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports.
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
Trade association serving deep draft public ports by enhancing port management professionalism, and advocating issues critical to public seaports.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Nonprofit association with goal to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Goal is to be a leading force in advancing public transportation through advocacy, innovation and information sharing.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Founded in 1852, the nation’s oldest engineering society, representing more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries.
ASCE - Report Card on America’s Infrastructure
Once every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories.
Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA)
National organization of state, regional, and local entities working for environmental infrastructure funding from governments and capital markets.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Data and Research
Information on how FAA research on commercial and general aviation is completed, the resulting data and statistics, and funding and grant data.
National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission
Created in 2005 (and expired in 2008) to preserve and enhance the U.S. surface transportation system. This website is being maintained for historical purposes.
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, promotes innovation and progress in transportation through research.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Delivers vital public and military engineering services to strengthen the Nation’s security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters.
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Serves by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life.
USDOT – Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Statistical agency that administers data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.
USDOT – Bureau of Transportation Statistics – Airport Statistics
Airport-related data and statistics concerning air traffic, on-time performance, fares, economics and finances, aircraft and more.
USDOT - Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
An agency within USDOT that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the U.S. highway system.
USDOT - Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
An agency within USDOT that provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems in all states.
USDOT FTA - National Transit Database (NTD)
Federal Transit Administration's (
FTA's) primary national database for information and statistics on U.S. transit systems.
USDOT – Maritime Administration
Promotes the use of waterborne transportation, its integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine.