Funding & Finance

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Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government 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 have an equally important task to invest in and operate their transportation networks and rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from general revenues and debt, to fuel taxes, fees, and tolls.

House Passes 7 1/2 Week CR As Appropriations Start Slowly in Senate

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4378, a stopgap continuing resolution to keep federal agencies and programs...

Senate Appropriators OK $86.6 Billion USDOT Funding Bill for FY20

Earlier today, the Senate Appropriations Committee gave its unanimous approval to a draft appropriations bill that would provide the...

USDOT’s FY20 Budget Approved in Senate Subcommittee

The Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing Appropriations made quick work of a draft appropriations bill for fiscal year...

Cold Water from Congress on Congestion Pricing

Congress was back in town this week and the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit jumped in with a timely hearing on congestion...

Senate Panel OK’s $7.75B for Corps of Engineers in FY20

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $48.9 billion Energy and Water Development appropriations bill for fiscal...

Senate FY20 Budget Allocations Give THUD $1.1 Billion Boost Over FY19

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to split $1.3 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2020...

Draft FY20 CR Fixes Transit Problems but Does Not Repeal 2020 Highway Rescission

A draft of a stopgap continuing appropriations measure for the opening days of fiscal year 2020 was circulated to some lawmakers...

60 Years Ago Today – Eisenhower Requests First Highway Trust Fund Bailout

On this day 60 years ago – September 9, 1959 – the White House announced that President Eisenhower was requesting a bailout of the...

The First Time the Highway Trust Fund Went Broke – Part 3: Eisenhower Wears Down Resistance, Congress Fractures, and Compromise Is Reached

In last week’s part 2 of this series, the Highway Trust Fund was facing insolvency in fiscal 1960, President Eisenhower requested a...

DOT Announces $272M in Rail State of Good Repair Grants

On August 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the ten recipients of the first round of Federal-State Partnership for...

DOT Gives $225M in Grants for One-Off Discretionary Bridge Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation on August 29 announced that 20 highway bridge replacement projects would split $225 million in...

White House Endorses Ban on Chinese Bus and Rail Procurements

Yesterday, the White House issued an official endorsement of a version of language banning mass transit rolling stock procurements from...

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