USDOT Releases Surface Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, the Obama Administration transmitted its surface transportation reauthorization legislative proposal to Congress.  The Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America (GROW AMERICA) Act authorizes $302 billion over four years for federal surface transportation programs.  Of the total authorization amount, $150 billion would come from a one-time infusion of funds generated from corporate tax reforms.  The bill includes substantial increases for highway and transit funding as well as multimodal freight and passenger rail investments.  The GROW AMERICA Act would increase funding for the TIGER discretionary grant program (http://www NULL.dot NULL.gov/tiger) and TIFIA loans (http://www NULL.fhwa NULL.dot NULL.gov/ipd/tifia/).  Additionally, the legislation includes language to strengthen the statewide and nonmetropolitan planning process. Section 1204 of the bill would establish a certification process for states to ensure they have met the requirements of the statewide and nonmetropolitan planning process. Click here (http://www NULL.dot NULL.gov/grow-america) to access fact sheets on the GROW AMERICA Act and view the text of the legislation.  The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (http://www NULL.epw NULL.senate NULL.gov/public/?CFID=120378958&CFTOKEN=39790180) is expected to release its version of surface transportation reauthorization legislation in the next two weeks.

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