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Status of the Highway Trust Fund

The actual receipts, outlays and balances will be posted each month shortly after month-end as the information becomes available.

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Line chart showing a comparison of the Highway Account Balances for Fiscal Years 2011 through November 2015 (FY 2016). Data is available in Table FE-1 below.

PDF: Highway Account Balance Chart

Status of the Highway Trust Fund - Fiscal Year 2016

HPLS-10 Table FE-1
October
2015
November
2015
December
2015
January
2016
February
2016
March
2016
April
2016
May
2016
June
2016
July
2016
August
2016
September
2016
Fiscal Year
to Date
Percent Change
from Prior Year
Highway Account                            
Opening Balance $9,040,357,630 $7,135,940,746 $6,054,362,947                   $9,040,357,630 -20.5%
Receipts:                        
Net Tax Receipts 701,147,000 3,537,806,000 2,912,698,000                   7,151,651,000 2.9%
Interest Income 59,712 244,000 601,858                   905,570 90.0%
Other Receipts 2,263,220 1,759,518 1,809,696                   5,832,434 18.6%
Total Receipts 703,469,932 3,539,809,518 2,915,109,554                   7,158,389,005 3.0%
Transfers:                        
To Mass Transit Account 265,000,000 - -                   265,000,000 19.8%
From Mass Transit Account - - 27,331,312                   27,331,312 333.8%
Outlays 2,342,886,816 4,621,387,318 3,451,239,570                   10,415,513,704 -4.0%
Closing Balance 7,135,940,746 6,054,362,947 5,545,564,243                   5,545,564,243 -23.6%
Mass Transit Account                        
Opening Balance 2,869,390,996 2,805,670,802 2,505,111,743                   2,869,390,996 -17.3%
Receipts                        
Net Tax Receipts 94,080,000 513,327,000 422,758,000                   1,030,165,000 0.6%
Interest Income 22,575 119,683 265,996                   408,254 119.0%
Other Receipts - - -                   - 0.0%
Total Receipts 94,102,575 513,446,683 423,023,996                   1,030,573,254 0.6%
Transfers                        
To Highway Account - - 27,331,312                   27,331,312 333.8%
From Highway Account 265,000,000 - -                   265,000,000 19.8%
Outlays 422,822,768 814,005,742 1,194,025,414                   2,430,853,925 26.6%
Closing Balance $2,805,670,802 $2,505,111,743 $1,706,779,013                   $1,706,779,013 -38.8%

PDF: Table FE-1

Should a situation occur where FHWA cannot fully reimburse States, the agency may take some or all of the following actions:

These are some of the possible actions FHWA might take in the event of a cash shortfall.  The specific actions would depend on the exact nature of the shortfall.

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