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.

Lean Year Ahead For USDOT Appropriations in the House

April 22, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee voted earlier today to allocate $1.017 trillion in discretionary appropriations...

Talks on HTF Extension Continue on Capitol Hill

April 16, 2016 Negotiations on the duration of the next surface transportation extension law have begun on Capitol Hill, driven by...

Maximizing the Value of Investments Using Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Despite the majority of transportation industry practitioners’ agreement that the full cost of a project—including long-term...

House Passes 5-Month Surface Transportation Extension With $8 Billion HTF Bailout by Bipartisan 312-119 Margin

July 15, 2015 The House of Representatives earlier today passed, by a wide 312-119 vote, a bill (H.R. 3038) providing a five-month...

Administration Re-Releases GROW AMERICA Bill Text

April 2, 2015 The Obama Administration this week submitted the legislative text of a slightly revised version of the GROW AMERICA...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 808, the Senate STB Reauthorization Bill, As Reported

SECTION-BY-SECTION SUMMARY OF S. 808, SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015 The bill redesignates...

Ways and Means Chairman Indicates Short-Term HTF Extension In the Offing

March 26, 2015 Congress is taking the next two weeks off for the traditional Easter-Passover District Work Period. When they return...

CBO Says GROW AMERICA Grows Much More Slowly Than USDOT Says

March 19, 2015 Last week, when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its re-estimate of the President’s budget request...

CBO Releases Details of HTF, AATF Future Tax Receipts

March 19, 2015 Buried within the supporting data of the Congressional Budget Office’s new baseline are the detailed assumptions...

Treasury Releases 5-Year Projections For Other Trust Funds

March 11, 2015 The President’s budget, released last month, gave long-term cash flow forecasts for the largest federal trust fund...

CBO Says HTF Spending More Slowly; Size of Next Bailout Shrinks

March 11, 2015 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its updated baseline projections for federal spending and...

WHEN IS A BAILOUT NO LONGER A BAILOUT

After years of inaction, short-term bailouts, and extensions, transportation policy has finally begun to move in a different direction....

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