The 19-page framework includes broad goals for transit providers, including:
- Bringing existing infrastructure into a state of good repair,
- Ensuring transportation systems are green, affordable and provide access to jobs,
- Prioritizing the safety of the traveling public,
- Addressing the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund through user-based mechanisms, and
- … much more.
The infrastructure package would specifically invest $434 billion in highway and transit programs. The package intends to fund efforts to update current and future infrastructure needs by investing more in major projects of regional and national significance, along with rural, tribal and other continually disadvantaged communities.
Other highlights pertinent to CTAA members include:
- Additional investment in tribal transportation programs
- The authorization of a multi-year national pilot program to test revenue collection to ensure the future viability and equity of surface transportation user fees, including a vehicle-miles travelled fee
- Increases in bus and bus facility funding
- Bus procurement reforms tailored to smaller transit agencies
- The advancement of mobility on demand projects beyond the pilot stages
- The creation of a new grant program that builds upon ongoing demonstration projects that have shown success in improving the health care outcomes of communities by getting patients to medical appointments. This program will also include important research into the health care and transportation dollars that are saved by getting patients to medical appointments.
On Jan. 28, the House Republicans released their infrastructure priorities. They would like an infrastructure package to:
- Address the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund
- Incorporate innovative developments in technology to improve existing infrastructure
- Streamline the project delivery process to maximize available funding
- Address the infrastructure needs of America’s rural communities
- Prioritize core programs and functions of existing federal surface transportation programs (specific to highways and bridges)
- Ensure state flexibility
CTAA will update members as more details of the surface transportation reauthorization legislation become available.