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.

Politicians and Experts Debate Whether Gas Tax Holidays are Worthwhile

Several Democratic U.S. senators are calling to suspend the federal gas tax. Such proposals are not a surprise, says Jeff Davis...

Congress and White House Open the Flow of Public Transportation Funds

Taking into account funding from the infrastructure law and the proposed FY2022 budget, total FTA funding will jump more than...

Just How Bad of an Idea Is a Gas Tax Holiday?

“Since the Trust Fund ran out of money in 2008, instead of raising taxes or cutting spending, Congress has chosen the path of...

California’s Ambitious High-Speed Rail at a Crossroads

California’s high-speed rail will “get some federal funding now that there’s a Democratic administration in place and the...

Webinar: Reforming Governance to Transform Cities

Cities own the streets that transit agencies need for their bus lanes. Regions often lack a coordinated entity to oversee...

What’s in the FY22 Omnibus: US Department of Transportation

Following is a summary of the USDOT funding in the omnibus appropriations bills. Readers are also encouraged to download this PDF...

What’s in the FY22 Omnibus: Water Resources Funding

The just-passed fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill contains $8.3 billion in funding for the civil works (a.k.a. water...

What’s in the FY22 Omnibus: The Big Picture

Eleven months passed between the release of President Biden's fiscal 2022 discretionary appropriations proposal on April 9, 2021 and...

FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Clears Congress; FY23 Budget Submission Imminent

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2022 by a vote of 68 to 31. All 50...

House Passes FY22 Omnibus Appropriations

The House of Representatives has (finally) passed the $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that was unveiled at 1:30 a.m. this...

Rapid Response Webinar: A Debrief on the Omnibus Appropriations Package

Congress may have just released the text of its $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations package, but Jeff Davis already has you...

Why A Gas Tax Holiday Likely Wouldn’t Make a Big Difference At The Pump

And while savings at the pump may be relatively small, you could drive a Hummer through the hole it would leave in the federal...

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