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.

One-Year FAST Act Extension Passes House

The House of Representatives has passed a one-year extension of FAST Act funding and policy as Division B of a larger fiscal-year-end...

House May Vote On Another Pre-Election COVID Bill

The House of Representatives could vote as soon as next week on an additional package of COVID aid – a bill downsized from the $3.445...

House Passes Stopgap Appropriations Through December 11

This week, the House of Representatives passed a stopgap continuing resolution (CR), H.R. 8337, extending all non-emergency fiscal 2020...

House-Passed Extension Gives Highway Funding Increase to Texas and Colorado – And No One Else

As predicted earlier this week by ETW with 99.999 percent accuracy, the Federal Highway Administration has confirmed to Congress that...

Webinar Recap: Transportation Spending and Planning in the Time of COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has hammered state and municipal budgets across the United States. A recent analysis from the National League...

DOT Announces $321 Million in CRISI Rail Grants

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the selectees for grants from the fiscal 2020 appropriation for the...

Rapid Response Webinar: AMA with Jeff Davis on CR and FAST Act Extension

Congress is acting on a ten-week appropriations extension and a year-long FAST Act extension. How will these be implemented, and what...

Estimated State-by-State Highway Funding Under 1-Year FAST Act Extension

This is a two-sheet Excel spreadsheet. Sheet one is a table showing the process by which the Federal Highway Administration will...

One-Year Surface Extension, 72-Day Appropriations CR Introduced in House

The text of a 72-day extension of fiscal year 2020 appropriations into fiscal year 2021, accompanied by extension of other unfinished...

Short-Term Appropriations Extension to Carry One-Year, Flat-Line HTF Funding Extension

Congress is waiting for the release of the text of a package of stopgap appropriations and other extensions that are scheduled for...

FTA Signs Grant Agreements for San Francisco, Minneapolis Rail Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration announced this week that it signed two more full funding grant agreements (FFGAs) for mass transit...

$1 Billion in BUILD Grants Announced by USDOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation on September 16 announced the selectees for $1 billion in surface transportation grants from the...

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