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.

Volatile Revenues For Transportation Trust Funds: A Cautionary Tale

(Ed. Note: ETW was researching efforts to provide a permanent, dedicated funding stream for federal mass transit programs in the 96th...

White House Transmits New GROW AMERICA Bill to Congress

March 30, 2015 Today, the Obama Administration transmitted the 2015 version of its GROW AMERICA surface transportation reauthorization...

Where are the “Bad” Transportation Projects

Transportation projects can develop a bad reputation. When people hear “Bridge to Nowhere” or “Big Dig” for most people their...

1962 Sorensen Memo to JFK on Draft Transportation Message to Congress

March 16, 2016 Today’s ETW Document of the week is a memo to President Kennedy from his senior advisor Ted Sorensen written 53 years...

1972 Highway Bill “No Bill” Strategy Memo

March 12, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week again revisits the Nixon Administration. In October 1972, House and Senate...

Congressional Estimators Say Repatriation Won’t Pay for GROW AMERICA

March 9, 2015 The tax estimating body used by Congress has determined that the President’s proposed funding offset for the GROW...

Funding for freight can be a critical element for the next transportation bill

The United States currently lacks a comprehensive national freight policy. Over the past several years, there has been extensive...

FY 1982 Reagan Transportation Budget Details

February 3, 2015 The ETW staff is hard at work putting together a mammoth summary of the President's new transportation budget...

1915 Report of the Joint Committee on Federal Aid to Good Roads

January 21 2015 Over the coming months, the Eno Center for Transportation will be placing online a large number of historic...

Providing Context for Eno’s Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund Study

In December 2014, Eno released a detailed research report about the current and future prospects of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The...

A Counterpoint to, “A Constrained Federal Aid Highway Program: Rightsizing for the 21st Century?”

BY KEVIN HEANUE Transportation Consultant In the last edition of the Eno Brief, Steve Lockwood presented one view of a future...

The Highway Trust Fund: It’s a Millennial Problem

Before embarking for a long summer vacation, Congress has disappointingly failed, once again, to pass an updated multi-year surface...

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