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.

New GAO Report Finds Issues, Posits Few Solutions

July 26, 2019 Support for capital investments in public transit is high in the United States. Evidence for this can be found in...

Spotlight on Measure M

This week, Eno released an important new paper from UCLA’s Michael Manville about one of the most significant transportation ballot...

FTA Makes $85M in Low-No Emission Bus Grants

July 26, 2019 Earlier today, the Federal Transit Administration announced 38 grants to transit agencies for purchase of low or no...

GAO Recommends FTA Improve its Cost Estimate Guidance for New Starts

This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a new report recommending that the Federal Transit Administration expand...

House Passes 2-Year Budget/Debt Limit Deal

July 25, 2019 The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, by a roll call vote of 284 to...

2-Year Appropriations and Debt Limit Deal Reached

July 23, 2019 (1:00 a.m.) Later this week, the House of Representatives will consider a new bipartisan budget bill introduced last...

Negotiators Say They Are Close to Two-Year Spending Caps and Debt Limit Deal

July 19, 2019 With the Treasury Department now warning that it might breach the statutory ceiling on the public debt before Congress...

Contentious House Hearing Looks At Transit New Start Program

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit this week held a contentious hearing to examine the Federal Transit Administration's...

What Is the “Baseline” for the Upcoming Senate Highway Bill?

July 19, 2019 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hopes to mark up a draft highway reauthorization bill around August...

Senate EPW Discusses Forthcoming Highway Reauthorization

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this week to reinforce the need for a multi-year surface...

Pressure Grows to Reach Budget/Debt Deal Within 3 Weeks

July 12, 2019 Pressure mounted on Congressional leaders this week to enact legislation increasing the public debt limit and...

House Hearing Examines Rail Workforce Issues

At the June 20 hearing of the House Railroads Subcommittee on “The State of the Rail Workforce,” witnesses and Democratic members...

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