House passes second spending bill for fiscal 2011
The bill provides $45.2 billion for highway infrastructure, $4.1 billion (or 10 percent) above fiscal 2010 levels and $3.9 billion above the request to improve and repair the nation’s aging highway infrastructure, according to the NSSGA report.
Also included is $11.3 billion to public transportation, $500 million above last year’s funding and $575 million above the president’s request, to support bus and rail projects, including capital expenditures, according to the report.
The measure also provides $1.4 billion for the passenger rail grant program, $400 million above the White House’s request, to expand and improve intercity passenger rail and develop a national high speed rail system, and $3.5 billion for airport construction, according to the report.
The bill would also fully fund the Obama Administration’s “livability initiative” by creating a new grant program to support activities that link transportation and land use. The program is funded by providing $500 million from the Highway Trust Fund ($300 million from the transit account and $200 million from the highway account).
An additional $400 million is allocated in the bill for discretionary grants for nationally significant intermodal projects.
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