Bus

Congress extends appropriations, SAFETEA-LU until March 2011

Posted on December 23, 2010

[IMAGE]Capitol-Snow-2.jpg[/IMAGE]This week, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved a bill, which includes an extension of SAFETEA-LU — the funding and authorization bill that governs U.S. federal surface transportation spending — through March 2011.

In addition to extending SAFETEA-LU, the newly signed bill, the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act of 2011, provides a continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal programs, including programs administered by the Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration, at Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 levels through March 4, 2011.

The previous extension of SAFETEA-LU was set to expire at the end of 2010, and this is the sixth extension of SAFETEA-LU since the original authorization expired on Sept. 30, 2009. Incoming Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla) has indicated that the drafting of a new, long-term authorization bill will be a top priority when Congress returns in January.

This legislation replaced earlier attempts to fund federal programs through the end of FY 2011. This latest bill, combined with earlier CRs, now makes five months of FY 2011 funding available to transit programs, or approximately 42.5 percent of the full FY 2010 amount. Traditionally, this level has been sufficient for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to release a partial-year apportionment notice to make a portion of the formula funds for FY 2011 available to transit agencies.

It is not clear, however, whether the FTA or Federal Railroad Administration will make funds available for discretionary programs, such as Bus and Bus Facilities grants, High Speed Rail grants, or National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER) until the new Congress completes a full appropriations bill for FY 2011 early next year.

The short-term CR will give the new 112th Congress, which will be sworn-in in January, the opportunity to complete the Appropriations process for FY 2011.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

UTA takes delivery of Provo/Orem BRT bus

The New Flyer Xcelsior 60-foot articulated bus is the first to be delivered and will now go through a thorough testing process.

FTA makes $226M in grants available to improve transit bus service

All projects must comply with Buy America regulations, which require that all iron, steel, or manufactured products be produced in the U.S., as well as final assembly of vehicles.

WSP USA designing BRT system for TriMet

The 14-mile Division Transit Project will provide an improved high-capacity connection between downtown Portland and the City of Gresham via Division Street.

New Flyer to supply 14 60-foot articulated buses to Brampton Transit

The vehicles will be delivered starting Q1 2018.

Valley Metro to add 187 ElDorado, New Flyer buses

All vehicles are funded by Federal Transit Administration and a half-cent sales tax that funds the Regional Transportation Plan in Maricopa County, which was approved by voters in 2004.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close