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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.

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...

White House to Try and Settle Infrastructure Bill Vote Timing Today

The tension between progressive House Democrats, who don’t want to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIB) before enactment of...

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...

White House Shows Flexibility on Taxes on Under-400K Earners

The Biden Administration opened the door this week to increases in excise tax increases on persons making under $400,000 per...

How Long Can the Highway Trust Fund Go Without Another Bailout?

The Federal Highway Administration briefed states last month on new procedures that would be used in the even that the cash balance in...

How Can New Transit Environmental Review Approaches Help Address Climate Concerns?

This article is focused on aspects of Eno's latest report: Saving Time and Making Cents: A Blueprint for Building Transit Better. For...

Ways and Means Democrats Announce Infrastructure, Clean Energy Tax Incentive Plans

Late Friday night (September 10), Democratic leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee released the text of a $129 billion...

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"...

30 Years Ago: The Failure of the “Nickel for America”

(I meant to revisit this on August 1, on the 30th anniversary of the event, but the rollout of the bipartisan infrastructure bill...

Lawmakers vow action after Ida floods Gulf Coast, Northeast

But the bipartisan bill will be valuable in providing major investments in “future-proofing” infrastructure against climate...

A big bet on Amtrak

That's "way more than any other" transportation secretary has ever been given, said Jeff Davis of the Eno Center for...

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...

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