DOT chief expects 'rough' transport funding fight

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday said he expects a tough fight in Congress this year over funding for infrastructure.

Foxx and President Obama are pushing Congress to enact a four-year $302 billion road and transit appropriations bill before current funding runs out in August or September.


Week ahead: House to inspect DOT 2015 budget

Lawmakers in the Republican-led House will get a chance to take aim at President Obama’s $90.9 billion request for the Department of Transportation’s 2015 budget this week.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday titled “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Implementation of MAP-21 and Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for Surface Transportation.”

Officials from the DOT, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety are scheduled to testify before the panel.


Week ahead: Transport funding, safety hearings on tap

A week after President Obama and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released plans to increase federal transportation funding, lawmakers in the House will take a look at finding money for infrastructure elsewhere in the private sector.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's panel on public-private partnerships will meet Wednesday to discuss the potential for boosting opportunities for non-governmental funding for transportation projects.

The public-private partnerships, known within the transportation industry as P3's, have become increasingly popular as federal funding for road and transit has become more constrained in recent years.