Dividing the Pie: Placing the Transportation Donor-Donee Debate in Perspective

Seaman, M. & de Cerreño, A.L.C
Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, May

This study looks at the distribution of dollars of federal transportation funding to the states from a number of perspectives. The analysis reveals relative winners and losers at the regional and state level based on various criteria. It also shows that in many respects, New York receives a very low or at best, average apportionment of federal transportation dollars. It also shows that while New York receives more in federal highway funding than it pays in highway taxes, this 'surplus' is dwarfed by the state's overall deficit with Washington, D.C.