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Issue / Funding & Finance

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.

Airports, Some Transit Agencies Slow to Spend COVID Relief Money

New data from the federal government shows that not all airports and transit agencies needed the federal coronavirus aid provided by...

Highway Trust Fund Tax Receipts Rebound to Normal Levels

This morning, the Treasury Department published the monthly report of Highway Trust Fund tax receipts for July 2020, and those numbers...

U.S. Gasoline Production Stabilizes At 12% Below Last Year’s Levels

The latest weekly production reports from the Energy Department show that the production of gasoline by U.S. refineries and blenders...

Coronavirus Aid Talks Drag On

The extra $600 per week federal unemployment insurance benefit for the coronavirus crisis will expire today, and the eviction...

House Passes DOT, Water Funding for FY21 Without Significant Amendments

Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a package of six fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills (as H.R. 7617), including the...

Guest Op-Ed: The Role of Transportation in Improving America’s Health

The Eno Center for Transportation’s publication of my white paper, Increasing Access to Essential Health Functions: The Role of...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Double the Trouble: Evacuations During COVID-19

In this webinar, join a discussion about ongoing research and efforts to address evacuations from disasters and emergencies amidst the...

House to Consider DOT Appropriations Tomorrow (Not Homeland)

The House is scheduled to take up a massive package of six appropriations bills for fiscal 2021 on Thursday, July 30, but a seventh...

The Role of Transportation in Improving America’s Health

Transportation access is one of the fundamental objectives of the public sector as a means to provide access to jobs, services,...

New Senate COVID Bill Gives Another $10B for Airports but Nothing for State DOTs, Transit Agencies

Senate Republicans have released the bill text of their latest coronavirus response legislation this evening, in piecemeal fashion. The...

Senate Appears Unlikely to Move Surface Bill Before September

The U.S. Senate is currently scheduled to leave town on Friday, August 7 and not come back for a month – and it looks like the...

Internal GOP Haggling Delays Coronavirus Aid Bill to Next Week

Protracted internal negotiations between the White House and Congressional Republicans have delayed the scheduled release of the GOP's...

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