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.

Three things the infrastructure plan missed

It does include reauthorization of the HTF and a $118 billion bailout from the Treasury’s general fund to meet the needs of the...

Senate BIB Funding Totals – Combined Trust Fund and General Fund

The Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill provides $454.2 billion in guaranteed funding over five years for the "traditional"...

DeFazio looks to try again on his progressive transportation agenda

But Jeff Davis of the Eno Center said the Byrd rule will also require that every dime of the committee’s $60 billion be spent by...

How Will the BIB Affect the FY22 DOT Appropriations Bill?

How will the funding provided by the bipartisan infrastructure bill affect the regular, ongoing Department of Transportation...

Will the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Breach the Debt Ceiling?

What does the debt ceiling have to do with bailing out the Highway Trust Fund? Quite a lot, actually. Section 80103 of the...

Federal program to cut bus emissions gets a Senate mandate: Some buses must pollute

Still, the five-year total of nearly $107 billion for transit was about 65% above what was expected if spending remained flat in...

House Returning August 23 to Vote on Budget, But Infrastructure Bill Is Entwined

This week, House leaders announced that the House of Representatives will break from its scheduled August recess and return to...

What’s In the Senate-Passed Budget Resolution?

After a 13.5-hour "vote-a-rama,"during which 41 consecutive roll call votes were cast (meaning at least 82 calls of the roll by the...

House-Senate Comparison: Mass Transit

The table at the end of this article shows programmatic funding totals for mass transit in the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure...

Fact check: Just how big is the infrastructure package?

In a separate analysis, Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation and the editor of Transportation Weekly,...

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

It took a lot longer than expected, but just before noon today, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill by a roll...

Senate Takes Up Budget Plan to Force Multi-Trillion Spending Bill

The Senate has begun debate, and "vote-a-rama," on S. Con. Res. 14, the Congressional budget resolution for fiscal year 2022. The...

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