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.

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...

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

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

Full Analysis of FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations for Transportation and Public Works

December 10, 2014 Last night, Congressional negotiators made public the long-awaited text of the omnibus appropriations package for...

How To Get A Transportation User Tax Increase Through the House of Representatives

December 4, 2014 Many observers of transportation debates have long wondered: how do we get a user tax increase through an anti-tax...

Myths Surrounding Devolution of Federal Transportation Programs

As the lame-duck session of Congress approaches, there is nascent optimism within the transportation community that perhaps this could...

GAO Report Breaks Down FHWA Spending By Improvement Type

November 10, 2014 On October 9, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report requested by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)...

Tax Reform/Transportation Connection Mentioned Again

November 10, 2014 At his news conference on November 5, President Obama made it a point to single out infrastructure as a possible...

Devolving Surface Transportation Infrastructure Responsibilities to the States: What’s Past is Prologue

BY ERIC PETERSON Transportation Consultant During the 1919 transcontinental convoy, west of Grand Island, Nebraska, soldiers...

Improving Transportation Performance: Time to Focus on Operations

Congress has been able to accomplish very little this year, but one thing they agreed they needed to do was avoid insolvency in the...

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