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.

FY 1972 Budget Appendix – USDOT Only

FY 1971 Budget Appendix – USDOT Only

Financing Federal-Aid Highways – 2007 Edition

FHWA publication explaining the Federal-aid highway funding process under the 2005 SAFETEA-LU authorization law.

Financing Federal-Aid Highways – 1999 Edition

FHWA publication explaining the Federal-aid highway funding process under the 1998 TEA21 authorization law.

Financing Federal-Aid Highways – 1983 Edition

FHWA publication explaining the Federal-aid highway funding process under the 1982 authorization law.

Financing Federal-Aid Highways – 1979 Edition

FHWA publication explaining the Federal-aid highway funding process under the 1978 authorization law.

Financing Federal-Aid Highways – 1976 Edition

FHWA publication explaining the Federal-aid highway funding process under the 1976 authorization law.

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