Today (June 4), House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I Committee) Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), together with Subcommittee Chairs, introduced H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act. The bill provides $547 billion for surface transportation infrastructure over the next five years, including $109 billion for public transit and $95 billion for passenger and freight rail. These historic investments in public transit and passenger rail are even greater than the investments included in last year’s H.R. 2.
APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas released a statement earlier today lauding the INVEST in America Act. Please click here to read the APTA press release.
Like last year, the bill includes dozens of APTA policy priorities, as reflected in APTA’s Recommendations on Surface Transportation Law. This year’s bill also includes new programs to address several pressing transit challenges, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and addressing transit deserts by providing expanded service to unserved and underserved communities.
Please click here for statements from T&I Committee Democratic Leaders and T&I Committee Republican Leaders on the bill’s introduction. T&I Committee Republican Leaders do not support the bill. Enclosed are links to the following INVEST in America Act documents:
The public transportation title begins on p. 553 of the bill and the rail title begins on p. 1043.
On June 7 or 8, we expect the T&I Committee to introduce a revised version of the bill, known as an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS), that will include Member Designated Projects.
The T&I Committee will begin to mark up the bill on Wednesday, June 9. A link to watch the markup will be available on this page sometime next week.