The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) applauds the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) of the House Committee on Appropriations for its approval of the FY 2020 THUD Appropriations bill that continues historic funding levels providing $16.2 billion for public transportation and passenger rail.
This legislation includes $13.5 billion for public transportation and $2.7 billion for passenger rail grants—more than $1 billion more than the FY 2020 FAST Act authorization levels and $150 million more than the 2019 THUD Appropriations Act. The bill also includes an administrative provision that prohibits a 12 percent cut to public transportation formula grants in FY 2020.
“We congratulate House Appropriations THUD Subcommittee Chair David Price and the entire Subcommittee for its work to provide essential funding to bring the nation’s bus and rail systems up to a state of good repair,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “It is also significant that the Subcommittee provided specific guidance to the agencies to reaffirm the importance of moving forward with critical public transportation and intercity rail projects to meet the growing transportation needs of Americans.”
The bill provides $827 million for competitive grants for the purchase of new buses and construction of new bus facilities, which is $483 million more than authorized in the FAST Act.
The bill includes $2.3 billion for Capital Investment Grants (CIG) and requires the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to obligate 80 percent of these dollars by December 31, 2021. It also includes language on FTA changes to the approval process for CIG grants.
In addition, the bill also does not allow the Federal Railroad Administration to take back the $2.5 billion in funding that has been provided to the California High-Speed Rail Project as well as the transferring of nearly $1 billion in California high-speed rail grants that were terminated last week.