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.

Recess Is Over

September 8, 2015 Congress returns to the nation’s capital tonight to start off a fall that will see periods of intense activity...

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...

Carper Introduces 16 Cent Per Gallon Gas Tax Increase In Senate

August 12, 2015 As the Senate was adjourning for the August recess, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation that would...

Discretionary Spending Situation For 2016 Becomes Clearer

January 21, 2015 On January 12, the Congressional Budget Office released its updated estimate of the maximum levels of discretionary...

House Passes Compromise FY15 Homeland Approps. Bill With Veto-Bait Immigration Riders

January 14, 2015 The House of Representatives earlier today passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal...

Highway Trust Fund (HTF) Reference Page

This page has moved to an easier-to-remember URL: enotrans.org/HTF  

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...

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