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.

October 28, 1955 Cabinet Meeting on Highways

This PDF file contains documents relating to the October 28, 1955 Cabinet meeting. This was another meeting conducted in the absence of...

December 1955 Revised Eisenhower Highway Plan

This PDF file contains three documents, in order: A December 8, 1955 memo to Treasury Secretary George Humphrey from Dan Throop...

1959 Gore-Eisenhower Letters

This PDF file is an exchange of letters between Senator Albert Gore (D-TN) and President Eisenhower in the fall of 1959. Gore sent...

Webinar: Transportation Spending and Planning in the Time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic hammered state and municipal budgets across the United States. A recent analysis by the National League of Cities...

FTA Allocates $248 Million to Portal North Bridge Replacement

The Trump Administration this week formally allocated its first funding for any project in the "Gateway" portfolio of passenger rail...

FHWA Gives States $4.8 Billion in Extra FY20 Highway Funding

Today, the Federal Highway Administration distributed an additional $4.8 billion in fiscal 2020 federal-aid highway funding to states...

FY 2020 State-by-State Federal-Aid Highway Funding Totals – Final

This one-page table shows each state's dollar amounts (to the hundred thousand) of formula highway obligation limitation (initial and...

How Should Future COVID Mass Transit Aid Be Distributed?

If you follow transportation Twitter, you may have noticed the hashtag #SaveTransit making the rounds this week, as advocacy groups...

State Highway Spending Down Slightly in July

State highway departments may be reacting to the coronavirus revenue crisis by making significant cutbacks in future spending plans,...

Webinar: Ballots for Buses: Local Option Transportation Sales Taxes in California

California counties have held nearly 100 elections over four decades to consider imposing local option sales taxes (LOSTs) to fund...

Guest Op-Ed: Transportation and Health: America’s Longstanding Disconnect

Ross Peterson is a consultant and subject matter expert with over fifteen-years' experience in public and community transportation...

Congress Embarks on Quasi-Recess As COVID Aid Talks Stall

Last night, the Senate joined the House of Representatives in leaving town for the August recess – unless and until negotiators...

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