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.

Transit Gets 28% Higher Growth Rate Than Highways Under DRIVE Act

August 12, 2015 Under the Senate-passed DRIVE Act, mass transit spending from the Highway Trust Fund at the end of the three-year...

1965 White House Highway Beautification Strategy Memos (July 30 – August 18)

August 14, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a series of internal memoranda from 50 years ago this month relating to...

Fall Outlook: Many Miles To Go Before Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization Bill Is Completed

August 12, 2015 The dust has settled, and both chambers of Congress have now left the nation’s capital, not to return until...

July 30, 2015 9:52 a.m. – House and Senate Almost Over DRIVE

July 30, 2015 The Senate today is expected to pass both short-term and longer-term surface transportation legislation that will lay...

Would the DRIVE Act Spend Federal Funds More Effectively?

It has been six years since the transportation community had the opportunity to mull over a six-year transportation bill written by a...

Senate Brings Up Unrelated Vehicle To Take For A DRIVE

July 24, 2015 This morning, the Senate took a number of steps to get debate going on its surface transportation bill, the DRIVE Act,...

Where We’re At With HTF Reauthorization

July 23 , 2015 The U.S. Senate yesterday evening took the first step towards starting formal debate on the surface transportation...

FY19 HTF Shutdown Fits In Well With Tradition of HTF Bill “Triggers”

July 22, 2015 The new version of the Senate DRIVE Act provides $343 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority over the...

Senate Rejects Initial Vote to Move to DRIVE Act

July 21, 2015 A test vote on moving forward on surface transportation legislation failed in the Senate today after Democrats...

1955 Democratic National Committee Opposition Research Memo on the Clay Commission Highway Plan

July 20, 2015 Today’s legislators often speak of the Eisenhower era as an almost magical time when selfless Congressmen and Senators...

New HTF Extension To Dec. 18 Introduced in House

July 14, 2015 At 7:43 p.m. last night, House leaders introduced a new bill extending Highway Trust Fund programs – the...

The State of Transportation Funding: A Realistic Examination of Pseudo-Federalism

In a recent article published in Innovation NewsBrief entitled “A Conservative Vision for the Future of the Highway Trust Fund,”...

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