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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.

Transition Presents Uncertainty for Appropriations Leaders

At this moment, due to a combination of circumstances including the change in party control of the House, some retirements and...

Amtrak Year-End Reporting Shows Ongoing Ridership, Expense Problems

A review of Amtrak's final monthly operating report for fiscal year 2022 shows that ridership and revenue on key routes continues to...

Transportation at the Ballot Box: A Post-Election Inventory

It’s been just a little over a week since the 2022 midterm elections, and as always, there were quite a few upsets and surprises in...

Senate Holds Hearing on IIJA Implementation

On Tuesday, November 17, the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee...

The Elections and Transportation

An article by Robert Puentes and Jonathan Hammond for the Eno Center for Transportation describes the various ballot measures that will...

Looking to the Horizon: How Agencies are Anticipating the Mass Transit Fiscal Cliff

This is the second article in a multi-part series exploring the looming mass transit fiscal cliff Eno's analysis of the National...

USDOT Spent Record $114 Billion in FY 2022

The final Monthly Treasury Statement for fiscal year 2022 revealed that the U.S. Department of Transportation spent a net $113.7...

Higher Interest Rates Could Keep Highway Trust Fund Afloat Another Year After IIJA Expires

Just as The Great Inflation of 1967-1982 holds precedents and lessons that could greatly affect infrastructure spending in the real...

FY23 Highway Funding: Allocated Set-Aside Reaches All-Time High; 33 States Face Vulnerable Road User Penalty

On October 20, the Federal Highway Administration gave states a pro-rated share of fiscal 2023 highway funding permission under the...

U.S. Gasoline Use Hit All-Time High in FY 2022

The volume of motor gasoline in the United States hit an all-time high in the just-completed fiscal year 2022, with oil companies...

DOT Has Issued NOFOs for Almost 2/3rds of FY22 IIJA Competitive Funding

As of the close of this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation has made available almost two-thirds of the estimated $24.9 billion...

FTA Offers $600M for Transit Rail Car Replacement Grants

If at first you can't get a new grant program up and running before the first year's worth of funding rolls over, then go ahead and put...

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