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.

Infrastructure vote suspense prompts worries about highway bill

If the Senate bill fails in the House, that wouldn’t necessarily kill the bill, according to Jeff Davis of the Eno Center for...

Deadlines Start Catching Up with Congress Next Week

After a very slow month, Congress will have to making moves next week to pass some key fiscal policy legislation next week, staring...

T&I Leaders Unveil $57 Billion Budget Reconciliation Spending Plan

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), has released the "chairman's mark"...

National links: forget yard signs. The latest political statement is… walking?

According to Jeff Davis of the Eno Center, transit money was traded away in exchange for lower highway funding levels, and then...

The Infrastructure Bill’s Twin 2027 Problems

As of this writing, it appears likely that the bipartisan infrastructure bill will be the law of the land by October 1 and will...

Breaking Down the $3.5 Trillion Budget Reconciliation Plan

Now that both chambers of Congress have agreed to the same version of S. Con. Res. 14, the budget resolution for fiscal 2022, the...

Three things the infrastructure plan missed

It does include reauthorization of the HTF and a $118 billion bailout from the Treasury’s general fund to meet the needs of the...

DeFazio looks to try again on his progressive transportation agenda

But Jeff Davis of the Eno Center said the Byrd rule will also require that every dime of the committee’s $60 billion be spent by...

How Will the BIB Affect the FY22 DOT Appropriations Bill?

How will the funding provided by the bipartisan infrastructure bill affect the regular, ongoing Department of Transportation...

Federal program to cut bus emissions gets a Senate mandate: Some buses must pollute

Still, the five-year total of nearly $107 billion for transit was about 65% above what was expected if spending remained flat in...

What’s In the Senate-Passed Budget Resolution?

After a 13.5-hour "vote-a-rama,"during which 41 consecutive roll call votes were cast (meaning at least 82 calls of the roll by the...

House-Senate Comparison: Mass Transit

The table at the end of this article shows programmatic funding totals for mass transit in the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure...

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