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.

With 2 Weeks Left, Appropriators Work Towards Year-End Ominbus Bill

Stopgap appropriations under the current continuing resolution (Public Law 117-180) expire at midnight on December 16, and...

USDOT Spent Record $114 Billion in FY 2022

The final Monthly Treasury Statement for fiscal year 2022 revealed that the U.S. Department of Transportation spent a net $113.7...

FY23 Highway Funding: Allocated Set-Aside Reaches All-Time High; 33 States Face Vulnerable Road User Penalty

On October 20, the Federal Highway Administration gave states a pro-rated share of fiscal 2023 highway funding permission under the...

DOT Has Issued NOFOs for Almost 2/3rds of FY22 IIJA Competitive Funding

As of the close of this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation has made available almost two-thirds of the estimated $24.9 billion...

FTA Offers $600M for Transit Rail Car Replacement Grants

If at first you can't get a new grant program up and running before the first year's worth of funding rolls over, then go ahead and put...

FHWA Gives States $59.9B in IIJA Highway Formula Funding

The Federal Highway Administration on October 6 formally apportioned $59.9 billion in highway funding to states via formula. The money...

Counterintuitive: What If Access to Dedicated Revenues Actually Holds You Back?

50 years ago this month, the biennial highway reauthorization bill was on its way to defeat for the first time. The cause was the...

Congress Clears CR to Dec. 16 After Removing Manchin Permitting Reforms

Congress has cleared an eleven-week continuing resolution (CR) providing stopgap appropriations for the fiscal year that starts at...

Manchin Permitting Reforms Revealed; Senate Test Vote on Tuesday

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has finally released the text of his environmental permitting reform bill, which Congressional leaders have...

GAO Finds That – Surprise! – Senior Appropriators Get More Earmarks

In the fiscal 2022 appropriations cycle, Congress resurrected the practice of earmarking individual projects for themselves in the...

Still No Clarity on Stopgap Continuing Appropriations

Today is September 16, which means that fiscal year 2022 expires two weeks from today. Usually, by this point in time, we have some...

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in FY22 INFRA Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday announced the fiscal 2022 recipients of grants under the INFRA program first...

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