WASHINGTON - The current financial crisis that has caused Treasury rates to plummet has created a boom in demand for a 10-year-old federal program that offers low-interest loans, pegged to Treasury rates, to transportation departments and private investors. But there is no longer enough funding in the TIFIA program to meet the growing demand, according to transportation experts and market participants.

As lawmakers try to find cures for infrastructure financing woes, Congress may increase the amount of financing authority available under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, sources said in recent interviews.

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