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On Monday, February 9, 2015 the FTA announced the apportionments for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015). The apportionments come after President Obama signed the Consolidating and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 on December 16, 2014. The FY 2015 appropriations legislation provided a total $11.008 billion in new budget authority, including a full year's funding for the General Fund programs such as the FTA Administration, transit research and capital investment grants (New Starts).
However, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, signed into law last year, extended the transit and highway authorizations of MAP-21 through May 31, 2015, at FY 2014 levels. As a result, the authorization only allows for 8/12 or $5.722 billion of FTA grants to be apportioned to transit agencies at this time. Combined with the full-year funding from the General Fund, the FTA is apportioning $8.136 billion of the of the anticipated FY 2015 budget authority. Beyond May 31, 2015, a further extension of the authorization will have to be made to allocate the remaining appropriations.
To view the FTA apportionment tables provided by the DOT, please click here.
To view the FTA apportionments announcement in the Federal Register, please click here.
Secretary Anthony Foxx to tes tify before the House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Secretary Foxx will testify before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. According to the committee website, he will be the only witness to make testimony before the panel. It is expected that this will be similar to his appearance before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on January 28, 2015. This will be his first time testifying before the committee in the 114th Congress.
The session titled "Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation" is likely to focus on the Administration's overall vision forward for surface transportation authorization and the various other issues that are ahead for the Department of Transportation.
To watch live, follow this link to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's website.
Twitter Town Hall Following Hearing
Following the hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Secretary Foxx and Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) will hold a Twitter town hall to answer as many questions as possible from the public. This will be the first Twitter town hall hosted by a House Committee Chairman and sitting Cabinet Secretary.
To participate, please follow the Committee's Twitter account @Transport , in addition to the Secretary's account @SecretaryFoxx. Please be sure to use the hashtag #StuckInTraffic beginning as early as today, with answers expected at 12 p.m. tomorrow.