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.

Highway Trust Fund (HTF) Reference Page

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The Perils of Flat Funding

In the weeks leading up to the federal surface transportation vote on a short-term extension, a few members of Congress started touting...

Transit Gets 28% Higher Growth Rate Than Highways Under DRIVE Act

August 12, 2015 Under the Senate-passed DRIVE Act, mass transit spending from the Highway Trust Fund at the end of the three-year...

1965 White House Highway Beautification Strategy Memos (July 30 – August 18)

August 14, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a series of internal memoranda from 50 years ago this month relating to...

Would the DRIVE Act Spend Federal Funds More Effectively?

It has been six years since the transportation community had the opportunity to mull over a six-year transportation bill written by a...

Senate Brings Up Unrelated Vehicle To Take For A DRIVE

July 24, 2015 This morning, the Senate took a number of steps to get debate going on its surface transportation bill, the DRIVE Act,...

FY19 HTF Shutdown Fits In Well With Tradition of HTF Bill “Triggers”

July 22, 2015 The new version of the Senate DRIVE Act provides $343 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority over the...

Senate Rejects Initial Vote to Move to DRIVE Act

July 21, 2015 A test vote on moving forward on surface transportation legislation failed in the Senate today after Democrats...

1955 Democratic National Committee Opposition Research Memo on the Clay Commission Highway Plan

July 20, 2015 Today’s legislators often speak of the Eisenhower era as an almost magical time when selfless Congressmen and Senators...

New HTF Extension To Dec. 18 Introduced in House

July 14, 2015 At 7:43 p.m. last night, House leaders introduced a new bill extending Highway Trust Fund programs – the...

The State of Transportation Funding: A Realistic Examination of Pseudo-Federalism

In a recent article published in Innovation NewsBrief entitled “A Conservative Vision for the Future of the Highway Trust Fund,”...

Follow Reagan’s Example, and Fill Up America’s Highway Fund

July 10, 2015 With the Highway Trust Fund set to expire three weeks from today on July 31, 2015, the Washington Post has published an...

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