Government spending bill includes $71.3 billion for DOT

January 17, 2014


Congress on Thursday passed a $1 trillion government spending bill for 2014, which includes a total of $71.3 billion for the Department of Transportation (DOT), our sister site Better Roads reports.

The omnibus bill provides $17.8 billion in discretionary (optional) appropriations and $53.5 billion in non-discretionary “obligation limitation” funding for transportation.

The bill outlines how the funds will be divided.

Highways get nearly $41 billion in “obligation limitation” funding; air receives a total of $15.75 billion, which is divided between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airport construction projects; rail is given $1.6 billion; transit receives a total of $12.85 billion, divided between the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Capital Investment Grants and several other grant programs; and safety gets a total of $1.4 billion in mandatory and discretionary funding, which is divided between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The bill also allows the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to spend $12.8 million more than the 2013 enacted level.

For more details about the new spending bill, read the full report at

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