Infrastructure

Without adequate infrastructure, our state cannot grow or adequately support its citizens or commercial enterprises. Insufficient infrastructure can also hinder investment and compromise our state’s safety. We examine the current state of Oklahoma’s infrastructure as compared to other states and projected needs to support long-term growth.



Issue Brief: Truck Platooning

Issue Brief: Truck Platooning

May 14, 2019

The rise in new transportation technologies has required many states, including Oklahoma, to change their laws to accommodate such technologies. One example of this is the development of truck platooning technology. Semi-autonomous truck platooning is a new technology that allows multiple vehicles in a group (“platoon”) to synchronize their speed, acceleration, and braking in order to operate more efficiently. 

Issue Brief: McClellan-Kerr Waterway

Issue Brief: McClellan-Kerr Waterway

April 02, 2019

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) supports billions of dollars in annual economic activity and thousands of jobs in Oklahoma, as well as providing the state with improved flood control capacity, increased water supply, and numerous recreational and tourism opportunities. 

Issue Brief: Third-Party Commercial Driver's License Testing

Issue Brief: Third-Party Commercial Driver's License Testing

February 20, 2019

With commercial vehicle drivers in high demand within the trucking and bus industries, there are more people needing to take the CDL skills test in order to fill the open jobs in these industries. The high demand for this occupation has led to testing delays for potential drivers, especially in states without third-party testing. The testing delays not only have a negative economic impact on drivers, but their families, communities, and federal, state, and local governments experience negative economic consequences as well.