Future of the Interstate Highway System

Steve Heminger

September 8, 2017

Steve HemingerSteve Heminger, of MTC,  presented Future of the Interstate Highway System on Friday, September 8 at 4 pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. 


The Interstate Highway System (IHS) is a key component of the US transportation system. While it makes up only 1.2 percent of roadway line-miles of the country's public road system, it handles nearly 25 percent of the total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) annually and almost 40 percent of the nation's total truck traffic. The IHS of today, with a network little changed since its inception, serves more traffic than the entire U.S. road network served when the IHS was authorized in 1956. However, what was once a premier system that stood as a symbol and enabler of American growth and economic vigor is showing its age.

The Future Interstate Study is being done pursuant to Section 6021 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015, which calls for the Transportation Research Board to conduct “a study on the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century. This talk will present updates from the study.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 

4:00pm to 5:00pm
290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Steve Heminger is Executive Director of MTC and responsible for the administration of more than $2 billion per year in funding for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Bay Area’s surface transportation network. As chairman of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, Mr. Heminger also oversaw construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge — the largest transportation project in California history. Mr. Heminger was appointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the “National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission,” which helped chart the future course for the federal transportation program. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mineta Transportation Institute and of the Executive Committee for the Transportation Research Board. Mr. Heminger received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University.