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.

Volatile Revenues For Transportation Trust Funds: A Cautionary Tale

(Ed. Note: ETW was researching efforts to provide a permanent, dedicated funding stream for federal mass transit programs in the 96th...

White House Transmits New GROW AMERICA Bill to Congress

March 30, 2015 Today, the Obama Administration transmitted the 2015 version of its GROW AMERICA surface transportation reauthorization...

The Politics of Infrastructure: Balancing User Fees and Value Capture

BY RICK RYBECK* Just Economics, LLC On November 23rd, “60 Minutes” broadcast an episode about crumbling infrastructure in the...

Where are the “Bad” Transportation Projects

Transportation projects can develop a bad reputation. When people hear “Bridge to Nowhere” or “Big Dig” for most people their...

1962 Sorensen Memo to JFK on Draft Transportation Message to Congress

March 16, 2016 Today’s ETW Document of the week is a memo to President Kennedy from his senior advisor Ted Sorensen written 53 years...

1972 Highway Bill “No Bill” Strategy Memo

March 12, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week again revisits the Nixon Administration. In October 1972, House and Senate...

Congressional Estimators Say Repatriation Won’t Pay for GROW AMERICA

March 9, 2015 The tax estimating body used by Congress has determined that the President’s proposed funding offset for the GROW...

Choose Your Own Transportation Future: Thoughts on USDOT’s Beyond Traffic

BY MARLA WESTERVELT Policy Analyst In recent years the American public has been inundated with crumbling infrastructure headlines...

The Highway Trust Fund: What is it Good For? A response to surface transportation devolutionists

BY MARLA WESTERVELT Policy Analyst Falling gasoline prices have Americans talking - prices that were hovering around $3.50 per...

Funding for freight can be a critical element for the next transportation bill

The United States currently lacks a comprehensive national freight policy. Over the past several years, there has been extensive...

FY 1982 Reagan Transportation Budget Details

February 3, 2015 The ETW staff is hard at work putting together a mammoth summary of the President's new transportation budget...

President Releases FY 2016 Budget Request

February 2, 2015 This is a preliminary Eno Transportation Weekly Express update on the President’s budget request for fiscal year...

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