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.

A Bold Call for Major Change to Correct an Unacceptable Funding Problem

The United States and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are considered the gold standard for aviation across the globe. Our...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Talking Transportation Dollars and Sense: The Future of Funding

Nossaman transportation policy expert Edward Kussy and rail veteran Kevin Sheys assess the relative merits of the federal...

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...

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