Issue / Federal Funding

Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government, which funds about a third of the system, supplies important capital funding for highways, transit systems, airports, waterways, and ports while also operating the nation’s air traffic control system. State and local governments augment federal spending with their own to invest in and operate their transportation networks. Federal transportation law dictates how and where transportation is spent. Local funding and finance rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from ballot box measures to tolling and VMT fees.

Buttigieg Defends His First Budget Before House Appropriations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg went before the House Appropriations Committee this week to defend part of the Biden...

Hearing: COVID’s Effects on Tourism

A full year of COVID emergencies has caused a tremendous decrease in travel which has only recently begun to recuperate. With travel,...

DOT Revises Rules for Renamed RAISE Multimodal Grants

The multimodal surface transportation grant program first established in early 2009 and named TIGER by the Obama Administration, and...

Port Spending Increase Under Biden Jobs Plan May Be Illusory

President Biden's American Jobs Plan promises massive spending increases for all manner of public infrastructure. The White House says...

First Biden Budget Prioritizes Education, Health, Environment, Research

The White House released President Biden's discretionary spending summary today as the initial part of his fiscal 2022 budget request...

FY22 Discretionary Funding Request Would Boost Amtrak, New Starts

Today, the White House sent Congress the first parts of its fiscal 2022 budget request – the overall parameters (rounded to the...

Details of Transportation Programs in Biden Investment Plan Released

Last week's rollout of President Biden's "American Jobs Plan" was limited to one White House fact sheet and a background briefing,...

America Has Long Favored Cars Over Trains and Buses. Can Biden Change That?

“When a lot of money is raining down from the top, states and localities will do whatever they can to get that money,” said Paul...

Biden Proposes $2.3T Investment Plan, Budget Reconciliation Likely Method

President Biden this week announced his $2.3 trillion "American Jobs Plan," to include $571 billion in transportation infrastructure...

White House Delays FY22 Discretionary Budget Request Until Next Week

The White House has delayed the release of the first part of its fiscal 2022 budget request – an overview of the 30-ish percent of...

What’s In the $2.3 Trillion Biden “Investment” Plan

The following is an updated summary of the transportation infrastructure spending proposed by President Biden this week in his...

Officials and Stakeholders React to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

On Wednesday, March 31st, President Joe Biden unveiled his "American Jobs Plan." President Biden’s latest investment proposal stands...

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