Chart of the Day: Road Funding Sources at Different Governmental Scales

This chart is taken out of this amazing new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, called Intergovernmental Challenges in Surface Transportation Funding. The report covers the challenges that are facing governments around road and transit construction and maintenance, paying especial attention to the shifting relationships between Federal, state and local funding streams.

For example, here are funding source ratios for different levels of government averaged across the US:


As you can see, the gas tax is crucial for Federal transportation funding. Note that this chart doesn’t reveal the different total amounts that come from these levels. Look forward to some of that information later in the week.




(Oh, also, user fees don’t pay for roads.)

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.