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Senate transportation appropriations bill includes funds for passenger-rail, transit


The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has released the legislative text of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development,and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (THUD) Appropriations bill, which would provide $13.5 billion for public transit and $3.4 billion for passenger-rail grants, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

The public transit amount represents a $503 million increase from the fiscal-year 2021 THUD Appropriations Act, and for the passenger-rail grants an increase of $863 million from the FY 2021 enacted level. In total, the bill provides $16.9 billion for public transit and passenger rail, an increase of $1.4 billion from the FY 2021 enacted level, according to the APTA's Legislative Update.

The legislation bases the public transit contract authority levels on the FAST Act extension and does not assume enactment of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). 

This approach results in a lower level of contract authority and obligation authority for public transit than if the IIJA is enacted. APTA is actively advocating for enactment of the IIJA and for THUD Appropriations legislation to reflect the higher IIJA funding levels.

Click on the links to view APTA’s table of the public transit and passenger-rail funding included in the bill and the text of the bill and the draft bill report.