WASHINGTON - In a complete turnaround, the Department of Transportation is urging Congress to immediately pass legislation that would move $8 billion from the general fund into the highway trust fund, which DOT officials said has collected even less federal gas tax revenue than expected and is headed for a zero balance on Oct. 1.

As part of its response, the department is also changing the way it provides the highway funds to states - to pro-rated weekly reimbursements instead of the current twice-daily reimbursements - effective today.

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