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

Highway Trust Fund Revenue Hole Approaches $300B by 2035

June 21, 2024 - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its official budget “baseline” projections for the coming decade this week.

House DOT Appropriations Unveiled Next Week; Senate to Mark Up Bills in July

June 21, 2024 - House appropriators will release the text of the fiscal 2025 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act on Wednesday, June 26.

Research

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

Commonwealth Club World Affairs|May 23, 2024|Budget, Electric Vehicles, Federal Budget

Beyond the Pump: Rethinking Transportation Funding Without the Fuel Tax

While the climate benefits from booming electric vehicle sales, the nation’s transportation system faces an unfortunate predicament: less gasoline and diesel purchased means dwindling fuel tax revenue. Fuel tax revenue provides a core funding source...

Christian Science Monitor|February 23, 2024|Freight rail, Rail Safety, Railroads

East Palestine Crash Prompted Rail Safety Bill. Why It Stalled.

Among the provisions that Republicans and rail interests have taken issue with is one that mandates a two-person crew for “high-hazard” trains. Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation think tank...