Today, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced that the Senate will begin consideration of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill next Wednesday, July 21.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework provides an additional $48.5 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail. However, at this time, there is no specific information available regarding the funding and policy provisions of the actual bill. A bipartisan group of Senators continues to negotiate on provisions in the bill, including public transit and passenger rail provisions.
With negotiations ongoing, it is critically important to urge your Senators to provide the highest possible investment levels for public transit and passenger rail.
CALL TO ACTION
Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the highest possible investment levels for public transit and passenger rail in the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill
To contact your Senators, please call 202.224.3121.
To view APTA’s Talking Points, please click here.
House Committee on Appropriations to Consider THUD Bill
On Monday (July 12), the Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) of the House Committee on Appropriations marked up H.R. ____, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 THUD Appropriations bill. Tomorrow, at 9:00 a.m. EDT, the Full Committee on Appropriations will mark up the bill. Please click here to watch the markup.
On July 13, APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas released a statement praising the THUD Appropriations bill.
The legislation provides the highest public transit and passenger rail annual funding in history. It provides more than $19.3 billion for public transportation and passenger rail, including $15.5 billion for public transportation and $3.7 billion for passenger rail grants.
The total THUD public transit and passenger rail funding levels are:
The historic investment levels for public transit closely align with the funding levels authorized in H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act. In addition, section 163 of the bill blocks the Rostenkowski Test, which would require a multi-billion-dollar, across-the-board cut to all public transit formula funds in FY 2022.
Finally, the bill provides $1.2 billion for the RAISE program (formerly BUILD and TIGER programs), which provides competitive grants for surface transportation projects, including public transit, passenger rail, and multimodal projects. To view APTA’s Policy Brief on the RAISE program, please click here.
To view APTA’s table of the public transportation and intercity passenger rail funding included in the THUD Appropriations bill, please click here.