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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.

The Infrastructure Bill’s Twin 2027 Problems

As of this writing, it appears likely that the bipartisan infrastructure bill will be the law of the land by October 1 and will...

Breaking Down the $3.5 Trillion Budget Reconciliation Plan

Now that both chambers of Congress have agreed to the same version of S. Con. Res. 14, the budget resolution for fiscal 2022, the...

How Transit Got Traded Away in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

How did additional funding for public transit go from $85 billion (really $110 billion) in President Biden's American Jobs Plan, down...

House Passes Budget, Sets Sept. 27 As Passage Deadline for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

By a perfectly attended party-line vote of 220 to 212, the House of Representatives has adopted a special rule (H. Res. 601) that...

Three things the infrastructure plan missed

It does include reauthorization of the HTF and a $118 billion bailout from the Treasury’s general fund to meet the needs of the...

Senate BIB Funding Totals – Combined Trust Fund and General Fund

The Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill provides $454.2 billion in guaranteed funding over five years for the "traditional"...

Monday Night Showdown Set for Budget, Infrastructure Bill Votes in House

House Democratic leaders are facing a showdown with their members on Monday. At issue is whether or not Democrats can get 215 of their...

DeFazio looks to try again on his progressive transportation agenda

But Jeff Davis of the Eno Center said the Byrd rule will also require that every dime of the committee’s $60 billion be spent by...

How Will the BIB Affect the FY22 DOT Appropriations Bill?

How will the funding provided by the bipartisan infrastructure bill affect the regular, ongoing Department of Transportation...

Will the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Breach the Debt Ceiling?

What does the debt ceiling have to do with bailing out the Highway Trust Fund? Quite a lot, actually. Section 80103 of the...

The perverse reason it’s easier to build new highways than new subways

“A transit agency is designed to operate transit, not build transit projects,” said Paul Lewis, the Eno Center’s director of...

Federal program to cut bus emissions gets a Senate mandate: Some buses must pollute

Still, the five-year total of nearly $107 billion for transit was about 65% above what was expected if spending remained flat in...

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