Chapter 1: Annual Highlights

Chapter 1: Annual Highlights

Two trains outside of building
Matthew Chambers

2010 Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation

Over the last decade, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) in coordination with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has conducted the annual Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation. The latest survey conducted in 2009 and 2010, reflects fiscal year (FY) 2008 expenditures for each State. The resulting annual report provides a snapshot of State-by-State investment in public transportation from Federal, State, and local funding sources.

Historical funding patterns demonstrate the important role that state departments of transportation fulfill in public transportation finance and administration. Results from the most recent survey demonstrate that, overall, State and local governments are committing over half the funding for the Nation's public transportation. States spent approximately $12.3 billion on transit in FY 2008, including capital or operating expenditures, which is an increase of $4.8 billion over the FY 2000 level of $7.5 billion. Table A-1: State Funding for Public Transportation: Select Fiscal Years since 2000 illustrates the historical amounts of spending for each State.

The National Transportation Library circulates the final report on the Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation, which is available for download at