The graphic above burped forth from the Congressional Budget Office. Why you should care: a lot of transit agencies, including Metro, depend on the federal Highway Trust Fund for millions of dollars to help pay for everything from shiny new transit projects to infrastructure repair.
Many transportation stakeholders are hopeful that Congress passes a multiyear transportation spending bill that breathes some life back into the HTF. That will be tricky. The HTF depends heavily on federal gas taxes, which haven’t been raised since 1993 because, well, raising federal gas taxes doesn’t sit well with elected officials in Congress. For obvious reasons.
Here’s the entire Congress Budget Office report: