Transportation Bill Agreement Reached
Posted by Maureen Farrell June 29, 2012
Yesterday, the House Rules Committee unveiled the conference agreement between the House and Senate which constitutes MAP-21. MAP-21 is a ‘true’ two year transportation bill (FY’13 & FY’ 14) which makes a number of reforms and changes to the Federal transportation program. The guaranteed funding levels appear to be slightly lower than existing level; however, the authorized amounts match current levels plus inflation. This means that Congressional Appropriation committees must find discretionary funding in order to make the authorization whole. Failure to do so could directly affect transit funding. The legislation also includes an extension of existing law that will last until the end of the current fiscal year. (FY’ 12 ends in September).
Although it is not a six year bill, it is much better than another extension of the existing bill. There are some things that are positive but others that may be challenging, such as making "transportation enhancements" compete with other transportation programs from the same pool of funds. One item that we are sure of is that the transportation bill did NOT increase the transit benefit.
The conferees must now officially file the conference report and then the House and Senate must pass it by this weekend. To stay up to date on this important topic or other relevant policy issues, be sure to follow GVF on Twitter (@GVFTMA) or Facebook (GVF) or through getting involved in our Public Policy Committee (http://www.gvftma.com/advocacy/policy.php).