Transportation Economic Trends
Government Transportation Revenues and Expenditures:
Government Transportation Revenues
Government transportation revenues come from several sources, including user fees, transportation related taxes, and general revenues. This revenue funds government transportation expenditures on critical activities, like building highways, operating the Nation’s air traffic control system, and maintaining transit facilities.
- In 2020 federal, state, and local revenues collected and dedicated to transportation programs totaled $367.5 billion (in 2020 dollars).
- Federal transportation revenues accounted for about one-quarter ($95.3 billion) of total transportation revenues collected in 2020. State and local government transportation revenues accounted for the remainder ($272.2 billion).
- 2020 marks the onset of the first COVID-19 emergency funding package, the CARES Act. For more information on COVID-19 transportation funds, visit COVID-19 Stimulus Funding for Transportation.