January 11, 2019 – This week, Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced that he and a bipartisan group of state legislators are proposing legislation to levy tolls across the 325-mile length of Interstate 81 throughout the state in order to pay for $2.2 billion in capacity and safety upgrades to the corridor. But even if the General Assembly agrees to the plan, it will still require multiple permissions (and a loan) from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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January 9, 2019 – Yesterday, the Federal Highway Administration issued a notice giving the 50 state DOTs and the District of Columbia an extra $30 billion in obligation authority to start new federal-aid highway projects, but warned them that if a new short-term continuing appropriations resolution is enacted, they will have to take most of that money back for the time being.
December 21, 2018 – The Department of Transportation today solicited applications for fiscal year 2019 grants under what is now called the INFRA surface transportation grant program created by the FAST Act (officially the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, but no one can pronounce NSFHP). Applications are due March 4, 2019 for what USDOT anticipates will be between $855-902.5 million in funding.
December 14, 2018 – TRB’s new report on the future of the Interstate Highway System falls short of the bold vision needed to solve the system’s intractable problems.
December 7, 2018 – Three years and two days after the enactment of the FAST Act, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released their study of the future of the Interstate Highway System commissioned by section 6021 of that law.
October 12, 2018 – The Federal Highway Administration has given state DOTs $6.6 billion in highway funding through December 7 under the fiscal 2019 continuing resolution.
October 5, 2018 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the annual estimate of fatalities from highway accidents in the United States for calendar year 2017, showing that fatalities decreased slightly after two years of increases.
October 4, 2018 – On the first day of the new fiscal year, the Federal Highway Administration issued a formal notice apportioning $42.3 billion in highway formula contract authority to state governments.
September 4, 2018 – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a working paper last week summarizing all the available economic studies of whether or not federal highway funding supplements, or crowds out, state and local highway funding.
September 4, 2018 – Last week, the Federal Highway Administration distributed $4.2 billion in additional highway formula funding for fiscal year 2018 to state DOTs. The annual “August redistribution” of obligation limitation, which must be exercised by September 30 or lost forever, has never been larger (last year it was $3.2 billion, and two years before that it was under $2 billion).
July 18, 2018 – This part, which is happily coincident with today’s Senate hearing on President Trump’s proposed executive branch reorganization plan, explores how the Nixon Administration in 1971 did a complete conceptual about-face on the issue.
July 13, 2018 – The latest variant of legislation to turn responsibility for most highway funding back to states, eliminate most federal mass transit spending, and reduce federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes was introduced in the Senate. S. 3190, the “Transportation Empowerment Act,” was introduced on July 10 by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
April 18, 2018 – On Monday evening, the Federal Highway Administration distributed $36.4 billion in fiscal year 2018 highway spending authority to states pursuant to the recently-enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations law.
April 5, 2018 – Newly released data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that eight states actually achieved highway “donor state” status in fiscal year 2016, which is hard to do when the Highway Trust Fund is systemically spending far more than it receives in tax payments.
For the first time since recordkeeping began over a hundred years ago, unintentional injury has catapulted to the #3 overall cause of death for Americans. Motor vehicle crashes are a top cause of unintentional death throughout our lives.
Federal credit programs like PABs are instrumental in fueling pioneering infrastructure projects that may not otherwise be feasible – projects that support transformational improvements that are unlocking our most congested cities.
March 22, 2018 – The fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations package contains $47.5 billion in budgetary resources for the Federal Highway Administration.
The first law providing federal aid to states for construction and maintenance of roads was enacted almost a century ago, in 1916.
January 19, 2018 – On January 8, Derek Kan, the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, announced a new USDOT safety data initiative intended to merge 21st century data sets with the data that the department has been collecting for generations. If successful, this will break down the silos between its data sets to understand the factors that lead to fatal crashes and, in the process, learn how to predict and mitigate risks ahead of time.
January 19, 2018 – If Congress decides to bring back the practice of earmarking, there are certain additional reforms that could be considered to improve the process.