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.

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...

The Road From SAFETEA-LU to GROW AMERICA

Last week we saw the first Administration-authored, publicly released surface transportation bill since 2003. In examining the arc of...

The Bell Tolls for User-based Funding

Last month was the first time in a long time that anyone with the ability to act on it has proposed a specific funding source for...

Completing Projects With Less Funding: Sound Transit’s Success Story

BY JONI EARL Chief Executive Officer Sound Transit Many transit agencies were hit hard by the recession; what added dimension to...

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2013   January 16, 2013 issue January 21, 2013 update ...

Is a Gas Tax Increase Actually Desirable?

New proposed legislation in the House has generated some excitement, at least in the media, about the possibility of a gas tax increase...

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