The FY20 package fully funds the $ 1.29 billion FAST increase in investments in transit programs and highways. It also provides $ 3.35 billion for the airport improvement program, but it is $ 300 million less than the amount planned for the transit investment grant program.
On December 17, the House of Representatives voted 297-120 on an agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2020. The package now goes to the Senate.
The set fully funds the $ 1.29 billion FAST increase in investment in highway and basic transit programs. It also provides $ 3.35 billion for the airport improvement program, but it is $ 300 million lower than the amount planned for the transit investment grant program.
As was the case for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, the agreement for fiscal year 2020 will increase transportation funding beyond the authorized amounts listed above. The total additional investment of $ 4.08 billion includes:
- $ 2.17 billion for highways;
- $ 400 million for airport capital projects;
- $ 510 million for bus and transit program grants; and
- $ 1 billion for BUILD (formerly TIGER) multimodal discretionary grants.
States will have up to four years to spend most of this additional funding. The three-year total of additional investments in highways, transit, airports and multimodal investments is $ 15.34 billion. For a full breakdown of the additional expenses included in the package and how they compare to previous years, see the table below.
Industry Support for the Fiscal Year 2020 Bill
National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) President and CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., PE released the following statement today after reviewing the conference report on the Bill on the Fiscal Year 2020 transportation, housing and urban development (H Division of National Priorities and International Minibus Appropriations, HR 1865), which secures substantial federal funding for transportation investments.
“The credit minibus bill passed in the House today is good news for anyone who values the ability to travel freely across America. By avoiding another ongoing resolution and devoting levels of federal spending to roads, bridges, airfields and other projects, states will have the means to strengthen public safety and facilitate the movement of goods and people across the country.
“We are particularly pleased to see $ 2.2 billion in funding for highway programs above what was allowed in the FAST Act, $ 3.75 billion in grants for airport improvement programs and earmarking. $ 6 million to a new airfield pavement technology program. And all of this is done without any mandate that would hamper the ability of states to select the best materials for their projects.
“NAPA urges the Senate to act quickly to approve this minibus. With the cancellation last month of $ 7.6 billion in funding for state highway projects and the imminent completion of the fiscal 2020 appropriation process, the cloud rises from next year’s construction season. States will have the certainty to move forward with the necessary projects, and Congress can begin work on authorizing the next long-term surface transportation program. “
Much of the federal government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that has kept spending frozen at fiscal 2019 levels since October 1. Once the House acts, the package heads to the Senate and then to the President’s office, which he signaled he would sign the law before the current RC expires on December 20.
It should be noted that this is the first annual transport expense bill to be completed since fiscal 2015. Final enactment of this package before Congress leaves town for vacation will help provide certainty. to the States for the remainder of the year. It also opens the door for Congress to tackle other bipartisan issues next year.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) also said it will continue to push for the House and Senate to move forward with a new surface transportation clearance measure in early 2020 to ensure enactment before the current law, the FAST law, expires on September 30. , 2020.