State DOTs Continue to Lead the Way in Funding Public Transportation

The amount of state money for public transit over the last five years has increased from $13.307 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 to $13.985 billion in FY 2011, according to the annual Survey of State Funding of State Funding for Public Transportation – Final Report 2013 recently published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

The survey also found that a total of 18 states and the District of Columbia increased public transit funding in FY 2011 by $1.230 billion over FY 2010 levels. The net increase from 2010 to 2011, when also factoring in states that either experienced a decline in funding or no change at all, was $355 million. As the survey likewise outlines, federal funding for public transit in FY 2011 amounted to just under $10 billion.

The survey was developed with the support of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation, chaired by Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt. The survey is the 31st of its kind released by AASHTO over the years. Those surveys are widely viewed by the public transportation industry, national associations, and federal and state governments as one of the most comprehensive resources on state involvement in public transportation.

As with its predecessors, AASHTO's 2013 report provides a snapshot of state-by-state public transportation funding from state and federal sources. The report includes various tables and charts that detail how different funding and tax mechanisms are used in each state to support transit operations and capital projects.

The 231-page report is available as a free online downloadable publication (Item Code: SSFP-7).

More information about AASHTO publications is available by downloading a free copy of the current AASHTO Publications Catalog.


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