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 the House spending bill funds additional infrastructure

The five years of funding in the infrastructure law, as tallied by Jeff Davis, would flow to states and be shaped by local needs,...

List of FY21 RAISE Grants (Capital Only)

This is a PDF of a spreadsheet listing all 63 RAISE grants for capital projects for fiscal year 2021, alpha by state postal code,...

CBO Warns $2.2 Billion in BBB’s Transit, High-Speed Rail Funding Will Never Be Spent

As part of the process of scoring the omnibus budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 5376, a.k.a. Build Back Better, or BBB), the nonpartisan...

House Passes Scaled-Down, $1.9 Trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill, 220-213

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 5376, the "Build Back Better Act") by a...

Infrastructure Act Focus Shifts to Rolling Out the Funds

Jeff Davis, Eno Center for Transportation senior fellow, says that $59 billion in apportioned 2022 highway funding—up $13.8 billion,...

How Much Will the Infrastructure Bill Really Add to the Deficit?

When the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office scored the bipartisan infrastructure bill that President Biden signed into law this...

Highway “Donor States” R.I.P.

President Biden's signature on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act yesterday will open the financial floodgates on a total of...

Biden Signs $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Into Law

State transportation agencies will likely see the first infusion of highway funds from the infrastructure package by the beginning of...

Buttigieg’s star rises as $1T Biden agenda shifts toward him

“Armed with that much money and significant latitude in how to spend it, Buttigieg is poised to be the most influential secretary of...

Biden Plan Funds New Bridges That Locals May Not Want

“The bigger you get, whether it’s a bridge or a tunnel, the more trouble you’re going to get,” said Jeff Davis, a senior fellow...

Here’s how long it may take Biden’s infrastructure package to jolt the economy

"We could see a lot more contracts going out next year in advance of spring construction," said Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the...

The false claim that only 11 percent of the infrastructure bill goes to ‘real infrastructure’

“Together, that is $257.5 billion in above-baseline spending for capital improvements to infrastructure that is, in almost all...

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