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.

Highway Funding in New House COVID Bill Reinforces Funding Formula Inequities

Yesterday's $3+ trillion coronavirus relief bill introduced by House Democrats (H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act) includes a $15 billion...

$15 Billion for State DOTs, $15.75 Billion More For Transit in Latest House Democratic COVID Bill

This afternoon, House Democrats unveiled their $3 trillion, 1,815-page coronavirus response bill, that follows the $2.6 trillion bill...

Distribution of $50 Billion in Aid to State DOTs Under Two Scenarios

This is a two-page PDF file, containing two tables. The first table shows how much money each state raised in dedicated tax revenues...

How Should Congress Distribute Funding for State Transportation Revenue Replacement?

The novel coronavirus's suppression of demand for transportation and commerce is having significant effects on tax revenues at all...

Guest Op-Ed: Atlanta Adopts Vision Zero. Now Comes the Hard Part: Implementation

This week the City of Atlanta joined the increasingly long list of American cities adopting Vision Zero policies. Atlanta faces an...

Has Coronavirus Started Affecting Highway Outlays?

The effects of coronavirus on dedicated Highway Trust Fund revenues is pretty straightforward – stay-at-home orders and "social...

Webinar: There’s No Tool Like Curbs: The Powerful Mobility Tool Every City Already Has

Cities are looking to their transportation systems to promote mobility, safety, equity, climate and accessibility goals. Some trends,...

DOT and EPA Roll Back Obama-Era Automobile Fuel Efficiency Standards

On March 31, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the...

House Democrats Seek to Move Previously Planned $760 Billion Infrastructure Bill As Next Response to Coronavirus

House Democratic leaders announced at a press conference today that they hope to include their $760 billion, five-year infrastructure...

Final Version of $2 Trillion COVID Response Bill Has $114 Billion for Transportation

5:40 a.m. 3/26/2020 update: Earlier this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 748, as amended with the coronavirus aid package, by a vote of...

Surface Transportation Aid Requests Mount

Requests for federal aid to the surface transportation sector increased this week, with state DOTs asking for almost $17 billion in...

Truckers, Barrasso Spar Over Truck-Only VMT Tax

A nasty spat has erupted between the trucking lobby and the chairman of the Senate committee that funds the federal-aid highway...

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