Funding & Finance

Issues & Modes / Funding & Finance

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.

Gas Tax Receipts Dropped in FY 2019

The Highway Trust Fund took in $26.5 billion in gross gasoline tax receipts in the just-ended fiscal year 2019, $236 million less than...

Senate May Consider FY20 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Next Week

The U.S. Senate could start consideration of a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills that includes the Transportation-HUD...

USDOT Announces Rural Transportation Initiative

The U.S. Department of Transportation on October 8 announced a new initiative for promoting and coordinating rural transportation...

FHWA Gives States Highway Obligation Authority Through Nov. 21

The Federal Highway Administration on October 10 gave state departments of transportation $5.2 billion in fiscal year 2020 highway...

2020 Highway Rescission May Get Repealed in Defense Bill

A looming $7.6 billion cut in highway funding scheduled to take place on July 1, 2020 may be repealed in the National Defense...

CBO Issues Analysis of Nationwide Truck VMT Tax

The Congressional Budget Office today released a new report entitled Issues and Options for a Tax on Vehicle Miles Traveled by...

Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Spending Exceeded Deposits in FY19 for First Time in Over 30 Years

The just-ended fiscal year 2019 appears to be the first year since 1988 where the year-end unexpended balance in the Harbor Maintenance...

Takeaways from a European Congestion Pricing Study Tour

In the United States, congestion pricing continues to garner considerable attention from policymakers and transportation advocates. New...

FY20 Donor State Update: TX Adjustment Worsens CO, SC Rates of Return

As ETW noted on October 2, the annual distribution of formula highway funding under the FAST Act is still largely determined by how...

OMB Implements FY20 CR

Fiscal year 2020 began at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, and the operations of the federal government continued seamlessly (despite...

Eno’s Refreshing the Status Quo Investigates New Ways to Distribute Transportation Dollars

As the expiration of the federal surface transportation programs approaches, we at Eno decided to bust out the spreadsheets. Given that...

$43.4B in FY20 Highway Funding Apportioned to States

Fiscal year 2020 began on October 1, and the Federal Highway Administration was required to apportion $43.4 billion in highway contract...

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