transportation funding

Government, Equipment, Fuel

Miles-Based User Fee Among Options Outlined in Pa. Report

Congestion in Philadelphia Congestion in Philadelphia. The Transportation Revenue Options Commission report proposes a mileage-based user fee of 8.1 cents per mile on all miles traveled in Pennsylvania. (Jacqueline Larma/Associated Press)

A recent report from Pennsylvania’s Transportation Revenue Options Commission shows a mileage-based user fee could serve as a viable option for long-term transportation funding.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Pennsylvania Ponders Package Fee to Pay for Roads, Bridges

An Amazon delivery driver carries a package through the snow in Philadelphia An Amazon delivery driver carries a package through the snow in Philadelphia in December of 2020. (Caroline Gutman/Bloomberg News)

What if the solution to Pennsylvania’s transportation funding quagmire was all the brown boxes and padded envelopes left at people’s front doors?

Sarah Cassi | The Express-Times, Lehigh Valley, Pa.
July 13, 2021
Government, Safety

House Bill Promotes Local Infrastructure Projects

Bridge work in Indiana The Surface Transportation Block Grant program would help states and municipalities fund projects, such as this bridge rehabilitation in Indiana. (Indiana Department of Transportation)

Rep. Julia Brownley recently introduced lhe Support Local Transportation Act, which would incrementally increase funding for localities via the federal Surface Transportation Block Grant program.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 1, 2021

House Panel OKs Fiscal 2021 Transportation Funding Bill

Trucks on I-71 in Northern Kentucky Trucks on I-71 in Northern Kentucky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Legislation that would increase funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was approved July 14 during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 14, 2020
Government, Safety

Transportation Measures Find Success on State, Local Ballots

A road in Maine with trees in fall colors A road in Maine. Voters in the state approved a $105 million bond measure for infrastructure projects. The measure, which was approved with 76% of the vote, marks Maine’s seventh successful transportation bond in eight years. (Getty Images)

Voters resoundingly supported ballot measures that would boost state and local transportation funding during the recent election.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Iowa Eyes EV Tax to Offset Projected Decline in Road Funds

Iowa Construction Traffic passes a construction zone at the interchange of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 80 in Altoona, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

After a Dec. 31 report by the Iowa Department of Transportation that shows a $317,000 reduction in the Road Use Tax Fund in 2018, state officials have made recommendations to the Iowa Legislature such as increasing fees or charging taxes to electric vehicle owners.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
January 10, 2019
Government, Business

Border Wall Hinders Funding Negotiations as Trump Threatens Shutdown

A contentious meeting between President Trump, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer A Dec. 12 meeting of Trump, Pelosi and Schumer got contentious over Trump's desire for $5 billion for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump has threatened a partial government shutdown unless he gets the $5 billion. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The threat of a partial government shutdown that would ensnare transportation programs looms as congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to disagree about President Donald Trump’s funding request for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 13, 2018
Government, Business

House GOP Names Sam Graves as Ranking Member of Transportation Committee

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) Graves listens during a roundtable discussion. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The top authorizer of policy related to highways and transit systems in the U.S. House of Representatives was tapped to serve as the leading Republican on the chamber’s transportation panel when a new Congress convenes in January.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 30, 2018
Government, Business

Stakeholders Again Call On Congress to Approve Long-Term Transportation Funding

EPW members Sens. Barrasso and Carper Sens. Barrasso (left) and Carper echoed stakeholders' call to action Nov. 28 on long-term infrastructure funding. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Stakeholders told the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee: The country’s transportation network is desperately in need of long-term federal funding assurances meant to improve freight and commuter connectivity, the result of which could boost the economy.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Colorado at the Crossroads

Colorado Interstate Traffic backs up on Interstate 70 near Silvethorne, Colo., a familiar scene on the main highway connecting Denver to the mountains. (Thomas Peipert/Associated Press)

Colorado’s means of getting around are in great need of attention, partisans on every side agree. But the various solutions and competing ways of paying for transportation improvements offered by candidates and ballot measures are a different political matter entirely.

Joey Bunch | The Colorado Springs, Colo. Gazette
October 16, 2018