July 12, 2019 – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this week to reinforce the need for a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill – the precise kind of bill that the panel hopes to approve by the end of this month.
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June 27, 2019 – Yesterday, the chairman and other leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, John Barrasso (R-WY) and his counterparts introduced a bill (S. 1992) repealing the rescission of $7.569 billion in federal-aid highway contract authority under section 1438 of the FAST Act that is currently scheduled to take place on July 1, 2020.
June 28, 2019 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a preliminary decision yesterday on the Census citizenship question, but no matter what happens, it won’t affect highway funding.
June 13, 2019 – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on Wednesday, June 12.
June 7, 2019 – Per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the United States is now at 9,880 miles per person, up for the fourth year in a row. But the trends in per capita VMT since 1981 have not been distributed evenly across all states.
May 24, 2019 – Yesterday afternoon, Congressional leaders struck a deal with President Trump to expedite a $19.1 billion of disaster relief aid for victims of various hurricanes, wildfires, floods, typhoons, and earthquakes that have occurred over the past year.
May 21, 2019 – The behavior of motorists in the U.S. has changed a lot in the last 35 or so years, and these changes have led to a noticeable drop in per-capita gasoline usage in the 21st Century. But this decline has not been even across all states, and if Congress ever gets the Highway Trust Fund self-sufficient again and based largely on gasoline taxes, these discrepancies in state gasoline usage patterns could eventually have an effect on highway funding debates.
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.
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.