Transportation Funding

Aerial view of elevated freeways in New Jersey at dusk.

New Jersey Bill Would Raise Gas Tax, Create EV Registration Fee

The bill’s supporters argue that increased revenue is needed to keep up with the state’s infrastructure and transportation needs.

March 11, 2024 - New Jersey Monitor

Aerial view of housing and freeway in Cupertino, California.

Proposal Would Link Highway Funding to Zoning

Experts argue that zoning, housing, and transportation policy are intimately linked.

February 22, 2024 - Federation of American Scientists

An adult man, stopped on a Seattle, Washington street corner, preparing for a rainy morning bike commute.

Seattle Mobility Advocates Say City Should Triple Transportation Levy

A measure set to go before voters in November will fund road safety and mobility projects, but advocates say a much bigger investment is required to meet the city’s needs.

February 19, 2024 - The Urbanist

Aerial view of highways and downtown Albany skyline.

New York State DOT Invests Heavily in Highways Over Transit

So far, the department has allocated 90 percent of its federal transportation funding to road projects and less than 1 percent to transit.

February 8, 2024 - New York Focus

Yellow taxis and white cars in traffic on New York City street.

Congestion Pricing: New York City’s Next Hero

Big problems need big solutions.

January 24, 2024 - Marcelo Remond

View of Washington state capitol dome in Olympia, Washington at golden hour.

Washington State Transportation Budget Must Weigh Megaprojects, Maintenance

Major infrastructure projects face ballooning costs, putting basic maintenance and safety upgrade projects on the back burner.

January 18, 2024 - The Urbanist

City bus in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Budget Funds Free Transit Programs

The transportation budget allocates at least $15 million to new and existing fare-free bus transit programs.

January 11, 2024 - Streetsblog Massachusetts

View of wide street in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Federal Rural Road Safety Funding Falls Short of Requests

Despite high rates of traffic deaths, rural communities lack the resources to address road safety issues.

January 10, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

Amtrak train passing over bridge on Alviso Marsh near San Jose, California.

Planning Year in Review 2023: Zoning Reform, a Rail Revolution, and Climate Realities

Last year’s most talked-about planning issues and news.

January 8, 2024 - Diana Ionescu

Close-up of worker using machine to press down fresh asphalt on road.

State Transportation Leaders Call for Maintenance Over New Projects

Experts suggest departments facing budget gaps should prioritize basic repairs and maintenance over road-building and highway expansion projects.

January 5, 2024 - Stateline

E-Z Trip gas station in Bakersfield, California with orange awning over regular gas pumps and Tesla superchargers with white Teslas charging in foreground.

California Poised to Lose Up to $4 Billion in Gas Tax Revenue

States must find other ways to fund transportation projects as the transportation sector moves toward decarbonization.

January 3, 2024 - Cap Radio

Green road sign with "Welcome to Texas" above Texas flag and "Drive Friendly - the Texas Way" below.

Federal Carbon Reduction Funds Could Finance Highway Projects in Texas

Transit advocates say the state’s carbon reduction strategy reveals a continued preference for car-oriented infrastructure.

November 7, 2023 - Texas Tribune

One cyclist rides on pedestrian bridge with foggy Austin, Texas skyline in background.

Texas Awards $345 Million for Bike and Pedestrian Projects

The investment is six times as much as the Texas Transportation Commission made available in the last call for projects.

October 30, 2023 - Yahoo News

Aerial view of Tampa, Florida skyline at dusk.

Tampa Awarded Federal Transit Planning Grant

The city will use the money to open a new office aimed at guiding major transit projects in the region.

October 19, 2023 - Tampa Bay Times

110-10 Interchange

L.A. Times: California Must Shift Transportation Spending Priorities

Despite its ambitious emissions reduction goals, California continues to spend a majority of transportation funds on car-centric infrastructure.

October 12, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

AMtrak train at station in New Haven, Connecticut.

Connecticut Approves $1.1 Billion in Transit Funding

The state bond funding unlocks up to $2.5 billion in federal transportation funds.

October 9, 2023 - Office of Governor Ned Lamont

Chicago Intercity Rail

Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects

Thanks to federal funding from the 2021 infrastructure act, the agency plans to triple its investment in infrastructure improvements and new routes in the next two years.

September 25, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Mosaic mural at Little Tokyo/Arts District transit station in downtown Los Angeles.

Prioritizing Equity in Federal Transit Funding

TransitCenter recommends several transit capital projects deserving of federal transportation dollars.

September 20, 2023 - TransitCenter

View of Interstate 205 bridge over Columbia River with Mt. Hood in background.

The Unceremonious Death of a Freeway Expansion Project

The end of an Oregon freeway project didn't get much fanfare, but the victory is worth celebrating.

September 19, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Transportation Impact Fee Proposal Resurfaces in Seattle

Charging developers for improving local infrastructure impacted by their projects could boost transportation revenue, but permit applications in the city are slowing down.

September 18, 2023 - The Urbanist

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