The first transportation problem Gov. Dan Malloy and the General Assembly must solve in 2011 is financial. The Special Transportation Fund, created in the 1980s to fund transportation infrastructure, is expected to run a deficit of $37.7 million in fiscal 2012, according to state estimates. The DOT has nearly $2 billion in capital projects for which it has no funding. Also, the status of federal funding, on which many believe the state has relied too heavily for transportation projects, is uncertain, making it difficult for the DOT to contract for projects.