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.

Counterintuitive: What If Access to Dedicated Revenues Actually Holds You Back?

50 years ago this month, the biennial highway reauthorization bill was on its way to defeat for the first time. The cause was the...

Congress Clears CR to Dec. 16 After Removing Manchin Permitting Reforms

Congress has cleared an eleven-week continuing resolution (CR) providing stopgap appropriations for the fiscal year that starts at...

Manchin Permitting Reforms Revealed; Senate Test Vote on Tuesday

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has finally released the text of his environmental permitting reform bill, which Congressional leaders have...

GAO Finds That – Surprise! – Senior Appropriators Get More Earmarks

In the fiscal 2022 appropriations cycle, Congress resurrected the practice of earmarking individual projects for themselves in the...

Federal Judge Finds Rhode Island’s Truck Tolls on Interstate Bridges Unconstitutional

A federal judge this week ruled that Rhode Island's system of bridge tolls on heavy trucks is an unconstitutional restriction on...

Still No Clarity on Stopgap Continuing Appropriations

Today is September 16, which means that fiscal year 2022 expires two weeks from today. Usually, by this point in time, we have some...

Eno Launches New Research Initiative to Help Define Parameters for a National VMT Fee Pilot

What if we charged drivers by the miles they drove rather than the gallons of fuel their cars consume? Perhaps more importantly, how...

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in FY22 INFRA Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday announced the fiscal 2022 recipients of grants under the INFRA program first...

Innovative ‘Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’ in Northern Virginia to Open on Time this Year

As Jeff Davis, a Senior Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, recently noted: “If sustained highway cost inflation averages...

Status Check: The First Year of IIJA Competitive Grant Funding

Last year's bipartisan infrastructure law (the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or IIJA) provided a significant boost in annual...

FHWA Narrowly Avoids Lapse of FY22 Highway Funds in August Redistribution

After some extra encouragement from the Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs collectively managed to request just enough highway...

New TRB Report Analyzes “Flex” Transfers of Federal Highway Aid

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a new report looking...

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