The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing & Urban Development approved an annual funding bill that increases investment levels for most federal transportation infrastructure programs for the coming fiscal year.
The bill fulfills FAST Act funding levels for highway programs at $46.4 billion from the Highway Trust Fund and adds an additional $2.7 billion from the General Fund for surface transportation block grants, railway-highway crossing safety improvement, and bridge repairs.
A total of $13 billion is provided for Federal Transit Administration programs, fully funding FAST Act commitments and adding $560 million for transit infrastructure grants. The bill allocates nearly $2 billion for Capital Investment Grants to fully fund existing grant agreements and new projects meeting eligibility requirements.
Rail programs are funded at $2.8 billion, including $255 million for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements, $300 million for Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair, and $2 billion for Amtrak.
The bill appropriates $1 billion for multimodal project grants (TIGER/BUILD), an increase of $100 million above 2019.
The bill provides $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants, consistent with the 2019 level. The full committee is scheduled to vote on the measure on Thursday. Click here for more information.