Highways and Streets

Issues & Modes / Highways and Streets

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.

Eno’s Refreshing the Status Quo Investigates New Ways to Distribute Transportation Dollars

As the expiration of the federal surface transportation programs approaches, we at Eno decided to bust out the spreadsheets. Given that...

$43.4B in FY20 Highway Funding Apportioned to States

Fiscal year 2020 began on October 1, and the Federal Highway Administration was required to apportion $43.4 billion in highway contract...

Texas Once Again Triggers 95% Donor State Rule for FY 2020

As part of the FY 2020 highway funding apportionment process this week, it was revealed that, once again, Texas is the only state to...

How State Highway Funding Totals Are Calculated Under the FAST Act

As part of the Eno Center's release of its new paper, Refreshing the Status Quo: Federal Highway Programs and Funding Distribution,...

FHWA Repeals 103-Year-Old Regulation That Banned Patented Materials in Construction

This week, the Federal Highway Administration formally lifted a 103-year-old regulation that has banned the use of patented or...

EPA Threatens to Make California Transfer Highway Funding to Mass Transit Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency on September 23 threatened to start enforcing long-dormant Clean Air Act provisions that would...

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...

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