Infrastructure and Transportation
Blog PostMarch 1, 2017
Last month, Members of Congress asked CBO about budgetary and economic issues related to infrastructure and investment. This blog post provides additional information about those issues and highlights some of CBO’s related work.
ReportJune 2, 2016
Scanning and imaging all U.S.-bound shipping containers at overseas ports would cost $12 billion to $32 billion over 10 years, CBO estimates. Boosting the number of containers imaged at U.S. ports instead would cost considerably less.
ReportFebruary 11, 2016
Federal spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used. CBO examines three approaches lawmakers could consider to make highway spending more productive.
ReportMarch 2, 2015
This report provides information on spending by federal, state, and local governments for transportation and water infrastructure, which totaled $416 billion in 2014.
ReportJune 11, 2014
How can lawmakers address the imbalance between revenues and spending in the Highway Trust Fund? How does the unique budgetary classification of surface transportation programs limit the effectiveness of standard spending controls?
ReportDecember 18, 2013
In 2012, the federal government spent $531 billion on investment—for physical capital; research and development; and education and training—which represented 15 percent of federal spending and 3 percent of GDP.
ReportMarch 5, 2013
In 2011, the federal government provided $607 billion in grants to state and local governments, accounting for 17 percent of federal outlays and a quarter of spending by states and localities. Nearly half of that amount was for Medicaid.
ReportSeptember 20, 2012
CBO’s report assesses how the credits affect the relative cost of owning an electric vehicle, and how cost-effectively the credits reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.