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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.

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures...

FY22 Earmarking Structure Takes Shape

Plans for Congress to bring back earmarked transportation projects this year are proceeding apace in three of the four power structures...

Opinion: Republicans make Biden an infrastructure offer he has to refuse

Republicans are actually proposing to cut public transit funding to levels below the existing baseline, according to calculations...

Apples to apples, the Senate GOP infrastructure proposal is smaller than it appears

Jeff Davis breaks down current federal infrastructure proposals from the Biden administration and the GOP.

Here’s how the GOP infrastructure plan stacks up against Biden’s transportation plans

Jeff Davis examined what Biden and Senate Republicans are proposing to spend on roads, transit, rail, airports and safety programs over...

Senate GOP Infrastructure Bill Is Inclusive Of, Not In Addition To, Ongoing Program Spending

Senate Republicans this week released an outline of a five-year, $568 billion framework for spending on traditional sectors of public...

Senate GOP Prepares Infrastructure Counter-Proposal as Democrats Mull Strategy

President Biden and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg continued outreach to the public and Capitol Hill this week on the...

Buttigieg Defends His First Budget Before House Appropriations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg went before the House Appropriations Committee this week to defend part of the Biden...

Hearing: COVID’s Effects on Tourism

A full year of COVID emergencies has caused a tremendous decrease in travel which has only recently begun to recuperate. With travel,...

Senate Hearing Kicks Tires on Federal Mileage Fee

A Senate hearing on April 14 wound up focusing on what needs to happen next in order to begin the transition from a system that...

DOT Revises Rules for Renamed RAISE Multimodal Grants

The multimodal surface transportation grant program first established in early 2009 and named TIGER by the Obama Administration, and...

DeFazio: Members may get up to $20M each for earmarks

"Each member was told how much they would get [by leadership], and they were able to divide that up among their projects as they saw...

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