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Highways and roads are the backbone of the transportation system. 91 percent of American households own a vehicle and use those vehicles to make the vast majority of their trips. Highways and local streets also constitute the bulk of transportation investment at the federal, state and local level. Vehicle miles hit a record 3.2 trillion miles in 2018, and continue to climb, posing challenges for maintenance, investment, congestion, and the environment.

DOT Launches 5-Year, $1B Grant Program Targeting Highway Removal and More

The Biden administration this week kicked off a first-of-its-kind federal grant program to help communities nationwide address...

The Creation of Contract Authority, June 1922

(Some of this material was originally published in Transportation Weekly on October 10, 2007) One hundred years ago this week, a...

Guest Op-Ed: A Hotter Solution for Freeway Congestion

After the pandemic, freeway congestion will continue to intensify around large, growing metropolitan areas, even though teleworking...

A History of the Secretary’s Ability to Approve (or Disapprove) Highway Projects

The release of an unusual "policy statement" by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-December 2021 sparked a partisan row over...

For Pete’s Sake! Sec. Buttigieg Won’t Push Back on States that Ignore Equity, Climate Guidelines

The Federal Highway Administration guidelines are, in fact, advisories that are not legally binding, as Jeff Davis of the Eno...

Links to the Text of Major Highway and Mass Transit Authorization Laws

Links to the Text of Major Highway and Mass Transit Authorization Laws 2021 IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), a.k.a....

One of the Infrastructure Plan’s Biggest Winners Is the Pavement You Drive On

Last April, after Mr. Biden unveiled a jobs plan that prioritized rebuilding roads and bridges, transportation groups began...

DOT, Energy Release Rules for National EV Charging Program

Yesterday, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy released their initial guidance and rules for the $4.2 billion in formula...

FHWA Distributes $246 Million from IIJA for Appalachian Highways

The Federal Highway Administration on January 25 gave Appalachian states the first 20 percent of the $1.25 billion in advance...

How Will the “Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program” Work?

In President Biden's original American Jobs Plan, the transportation portion of that proposal called for $15 billion for a...

How the House spending bill funds additional infrastructure

The five years of funding in the infrastructure law, as tallied by Jeff Davis, would flow to states and be shaped by local needs,...

Infrastructure Act Focus Shifts to Rolling Out the Funds

Jeff Davis, Eno Center for Transportation senior fellow, says that $59 billion in apportioned 2022 highway funding—up $13.8 billion,...

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