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Friday night (January 25), President Trump and Congress reached an agreement to
end the partial government shutdown and reopen federal agencies impacted by the
lapse in federal funding, including the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res. 28, the Further
Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019) provides funding for these
departments and agencies (including DOT) through February 15, 2019. Although the
Continuing Resolution did not provide specific border wall funding, the House
and Senate have established a Conference Committee of selected Representatives
and Senators of the Appropriations Committees to try to reach bipartisan consensus
on a proposal for border security funding before the Continuing Resolution
expires. If a bipartisan agreement is reached, it is likely that Congress will
pass the full-year Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban
Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill described in last week’s Legislative Update.
APTA Urges Federal Transit
Administration to Take Immediate Actions
Yesterday (January 29), APTA President and CEO Paul P.
Skoutelas and Chair David
M. Stackrow, Sr. sent a letter to Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams of
the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) to highlight the impacts of the shutdown on public
transportation agencies and express our strong support of FTA and its efforts.
In the letter, APTA urges FTA to take several immediate actions to ameliorate the significant impacts of the
shutdown on public transportation agencies and the riders they serve:
Process all pending requests for
reimbursement for public transportation agencies, beginning with requests for
reimbursement of operating expenses or identified hardships;
Approve all pending requests for
operating assistance and capital project approvals, including requests for
Letters of No Prejudice;
Complete the certification of State
Safety Oversight programs of the four pending applications that are currently
under review by FTA;
Issue Fiscal Year 2019
apportionments for FTA programs as soon as possible and before the Continuing
Resolution expires on February 15; and
Take all other possible actions to
help public transportation agencies restore public transportation operations
and make critical infrastructure upgrades.