Navigating Transportation Funding

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and state and local officials discussed infrastructure challenges and solutions


The United States is facing major challenges in maintaining investments in the country’s highways and transit systems, problems that will require federal, state, and local policymakers to make difficult choices in the years ahead.

To help inform those policy decisions, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a discussion of the shared challenges and opportunities faced by all levels of government. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx offered opening remarks. A panel discussion with state and local officials followed. The event was held at Pew offices in Washington and via live webcast. 

With the temporary infusion of funding for the federal highway trust fund set to run out by May, states and localities are again facing the prospect that shortfalls in the fund could delay or reduce the federal money available for transportation projects.

At the same time, many states are taking action to make their own transportation funding more sustainable. Their efforts highlight the major challenges that all levels of government face in maintaining investments in highways and transit systems.


Video Highlights

Speakers included

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (@SecretaryFoxx)

District of Columbia Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo (@DDOTDC)

Virginia Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Nick Donohue

Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III (@IowaDOT


Anne Stauffer (@AStaufferDC), director, Pew


9–9:30 a.m. Registration and refreshments
9:30–9:35 a.m. Welcoming remarks by Susan K. Urahn, executive vice president, Pew
9:35–10 a.m. Opening remarks by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
10–11:30 a.m. Panel discussion with state and local officials
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Event Details

Friday, April 17, 2015

9:00 - 11:30 AM

The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Sarah Leiseca

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