May 10, 2019 – Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt two highway-related amendments to yet another bill providing emergency appropriations for disaster relief.: a $500 million highway funding increase, and an extension of the deadline for the obligation of emergency highway funding.
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April 5, 2019 – Texas tried to revive the old “donor state vs. donee state” highway funding debate last week. A March 26 letter to Congressional leaders from the Texas delegation complained that “Texas only receives 95 cents back for every dollar it sent to Washington in federal fuel taxes” and asked for a “fair, equitable and logical approach” to highway funding distribution formulas in the next surface transportation reauthorization bill.
March 29, 2019 – Given the budget constraints state and local governments face, infrastructure companies are stepping up. They are working with governments to build state-of-the-art managed lanes and toll roads, and these roads are the best platform to test autonomous vehicles.
March 29, 2019 – Both federal and state tax incentives positively impact preference for electric vehicles, and the provision of public fast charging infrastructure is especially key for increasing adoption of battery electric vehicles .
March 22, 2019 – Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi today introduced a 2020 budget plan that assumes that Congress will enact somewhere around $85-90 billion in new highway user taxes over five years to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent at baseline funding levels.
March 20, 2019 – What a difference a year makes. In 2019, the Trump Administration requested zero new funding for discretionary grant programs. In 2020, they are requesting $4 billion.
March 19, 2019 – The details of the President’s budget proposal for fiscal 2020 make it clear that, if the Trump Administration has a plan for long-term fiscal solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, they aren’t presenting it in this budget
March 19, 2019 – The Federal Highway Administration, in a funding notice (N4510.835) dated March 15, formally gave states DOTs $3.2 billion in highway funding from the general fund of the Treasury provided by the omnibus fiscal 2019 appropriations act.
March 15, 2019 – The Federal Highway Administration on March 11 finally gave state DOTs their full-year distribution of highway funding permission under the year-long Department of Transportation Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019.
March 15, 2019 – The White House now says that $200 billion in infrastructure funding in the budget won’t go towards surface transportation reauthorization, but that the surface bill will be counted towards the $1 trillion spending total.
March 11, 2019 – President Trump has released a fiscal year 2020 budget request today that calls for $84.1 billion in gross budgetary resources for the U.S. Department of Transportation today, a $3.5 billion decrease from 2019.
March 8, 2019 – The House Ways and Means Committee held a long-awaited hearing on infrastructure (and the funding thereof) this week, but little new ground was broken.
March 8, 2019 – In the country’s two biggest metropolitan areas, political leaders took big steps toward full-scale congestion pricing strategies last week.
Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled “Looking Forward: Aviation 2050” (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., HVC-210 The Capitol.
March 1, 2019 – A House hearing on infrastructure and climate change this week explored the need for federal funding of resilient infrastructure as well as finding the right blend of market-based incentives.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation – subcommittee hearing on the U.S. maritime and shipbuilding industries (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 2253 Rayburn.
February 25, 2019 – 100 years ago today, the first tax on gasoline as a motor fuel in U.S. history was enacted by the state of Oregon, as a way to pay for an ambitious road construction and maintenance program.
Tuesday, February 26 – House Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security – subcommittee hearing on securing the U.S. surface transportation system from cyber attacks (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 310 Cannon.
February 8, 2019 – On February 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Three of the five bills were significant for the transportation sector as they would improve oversight of rail safety, protect scenic byways, and establish a commission to commemorate Route 66.
February 9, 2019 – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the 116thCongress formally kicked off its work yesterday with a marathon seven-hour hearing entitled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.”