Highways and Streets

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There are over 4 million miles of roads in the United States moving cars, trucks, transit, and non-motorized vehicles across a seamless, integrated network. About three-quarters of the roads are owned by localities but the vast majority of travel occurs on major state roads and the federally-designated Interstate System. Today, this complex system is under strain as demands for upgrades and repair, safety improvements, and modernization mount.

Cold Water from Congress on Congestion Pricing

Congress was back in town this week and the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit jumped in with a timely hearing on congestion...

Draft FY20 CR Fixes Transit Problems but Does Not Repeal 2020 Highway Rescission

A draft of a stopgap continuing appropriations measure for the opening days of fiscal year 2020 was circulated to some lawmakers...

60 Years Ago Today – Eisenhower Requests First Highway Trust Fund Bailout

On this day 60 years ago – September 9, 1959 – the White House announced that President Eisenhower was requesting a bailout of the...

The First Time the Highway Trust Fund Went Broke – Part 3: Eisenhower Wears Down Resistance, Congress Fractures, and Compromise Is Reached

In last week’s part 2 of this series, the Highway Trust Fund was facing insolvency in fiscal 1960, President Eisenhower requested a...

DOT Gives $225M in Grants for One-Off Discretionary Bridge Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation on August 29 announced that 20 highway bridge replacement projects would split $225 million in...

FHWA Gives Final $4 Billion in FY19 Highway Obligation Authority to States

The Federal Highway Administration has given an additional $4.0 billion in use-it-or-lose-it highway funding authority to state DOTs...

The First Time the Highway Trust Fund Went Broke – Part 2: Ike Requests a 50% Gas Tax Increase, Which No One Likes

Part 1 of this look back at the September 1959 Highway Trust Fund bailout and contemporaneous motor fuels tax increase revealed how the...

The First Time the Highway Trust Fund Went Broke – Part 1: the 1958 Highway Act Makes Spending Unsustainable

August 21, 2019 Everyone who habitually reads ETW knows that the federal Highway Trust Fund went bankrupt in September 2008 and has...

Parking Reform Picks up Steam in 2019

The United States is estimated to have anywhere from 722 million to 2 billion parking spaces, and many U.S. cities are commonly...

DOT Issues Amendments to Truck/Bus Driver Hours of Service Rules

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposed rule that would implement some long-expected...

Fuel Efficiency Standards – California vs. the Feds (How We Got Here, and What Comes Next)

California and four major automakers (BMW, VW, Ford, and Honda) signed a voluntary agreement that appears to preempt the Trump...

All States Would Get Uniform Percentage Funding Increases Under Senate Bill, FHWA Says

The Federal Highway Administration has completed its initial funding analysis of S. 2302, the Senate highway reauthorization bill, as...

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