Jeff Davis is a Senior Fellow with the Eno Center for Transportation and is also the Editor of the Eno Transportation Weekly.

Jeff came to Washington in 1988 to attend The American University and soon began working on Capitol Hill for the ranking minority member of the House Rules Committee. For six years he worked on a wide variety of legislative, budget process oversight and parliamentary procedure issues.

In January 1996 Jeff joined a transportation consulting firm and worked extensively on the FAA, Amtrak and surface transportation reauthorization laws in 1996-1998 as well as various appropriations bills.  He founded his own research and consulting business in June 1998 and published Transportation Weekly, a news service covering federal transportation and public works, from 1999-2014.

He joined the Eno Center in January 2015. His work focuses on analysis of the federal transportation budget and the long-term trends in transportation funding and policy.

Follow him on Twitter at @JDwithTW

Eno Transportation Weekly Articles

House Votes Down CR As Senate Stays Stalled

September 29, 2023 - The House of Representatives voted down a stopgap continuing appropriations bill today, and with the Senate unable to vote until Sunday or Monday, a government shutdown seems the mostly likely outcome.

How This Government Shutdown Will Work

September 29, 2023 - Last Friday, the Department of Transportation released its updated shutdown plan that details which activities will, and won't, continue during this shutdown. The USDOT modal administrations can be broken down into...


Yahoo News|July 24, 2023|Electric Vehicles, Federal Governance, Governance reform, Highways & Streets

Driving Change: Advice For The National VMT-Fee Pilot

The US faces funding challenges for transportation infrastructure due to changing vehicle technology. To address this, a national pilot program for a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee is being established. Recommendations include simplicity, scalability, and...

October 1, 2019|Appropriations, Federal Funding, Federal Governance, Governance reform, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Infrastructure

Refreshing the Status Quo: Federal Highway Programs and Funding Distribution

This year, the federal government gave $45.6 billion in highway “formula” funding to the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state-by-state distribution of this money was based almost entirely on how the states...

Media Mentions & Commentary

The New Republic|July 10, 2023|Electric Vehicles, Public transit

How the E.V. Revolution Could Help Bankrupt Public Transit

“From a revenue point of view, it’s never really made sense to use proceeds of the gasoline tax to pay for people to stop driving and take mass transit instead,” said Jeff Davis, a senior...

Smart Cities Dive|June 2, 2023|Budget, Federal Funding, Public transit

Debt Ceiling Deal Leaves DOT Mostly Unscathed, but Transportation, Housing Funds May Still Be at Risk

Jeff Davis, senior fellow and editor at the Eno Center for Transportation, said in an email that “the Transportation-HUD bill is uniquely disadvantaged in 2024 for reasons having nothing to do with the debt ceiling...