On Monday (March 11), President
Donald J. Trump submitted his Budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. On
March 18, the Administration will release additional volumes regarding the
In its Budget request, the Administration
provides $12.4 billion for public transportation programs, a cut of $998
million from the FY 2019 enacted level of $13.4 billion. The Budget request
fully funds FAST Act programs authorized from the Highway Trust Fund. The
overwhelming majority of the decrease in public transportation funding is attributable
to cuts in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program. The Administration
proposes $1.5 billion for the CIG program. Although this funding level is $1
billion less than current funding, it is greater than the Administration’s FY
2019 Budget proposal and would allow $500 million to be made available for new
In addition, the Administration
requests $1 billion for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage
Development (BUILD) program, an increase of $100 million. Regarding intercity
passenger rail, the Administration proposes to restructure the Amtrak system,
focusing trains on shorter-distance routes. Finally, it does not appear that
the President’s Budget addresses the FAST Act contract authority rescission
that will occur on July 1, 2020. On July 1, the FAST Act permanently rescinds $7.569
billion of Federal-aid Highway contract authority from states’ unobligated
balances of highway funds. This rescission could reset the budget baseline for
the surface transportation programs beginning in FY 2021.
To view the Budget Highlights of
the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), please click here.
To view the President’s Budget, please click here.
APTA to Testify Before the Highways
and Transit Subcommittee
On Wednesday (March 13), the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee
will hold a hearing entitled “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to
Meet 21st Century Needs”. Michael Terry, President and CEO of the
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), will represent APTA at
the hearing. Other witnesses include: The Honorable Ron Nirenberg, Mayor,
City of San Antonio, on behalf of the National League of Cities; Mr. Roger
Millar, Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation on behalf of
the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Mr.
Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Texas Department of
Transportation, on behalf of the Texas Innovation Alliance; Mr. Jack Clark,
Executive Director, Transportation Learning Center; Ms. Therese W. McMillan,
Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, on behalf of the
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations; and Mr. Al Stanley, Vice
President, Stanley Construction Company, Inc., on behalf of the Associated
General Contractors of America. To find more information about the hearing,
please click here.
Senate Banking Committee to Vote on
FTA Administrator Nomination
On Tuesday (March 12), the Senate
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will vote on the nomination of
the Honorable Thelma Drake, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA). The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. in room
538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. After the Committee approves Ms.
Drake’s nomination, the Senate will need to consider and vote on her
nomination. To view the meeting, please click here.