Announced Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent Congress a long-term transportation bill that will provide the funding necessary for states and cities to proceed with repairing and improving the nation’s infrastructure.
The bill, called the GROW AMERICA Act, is the solution to the current federal highway law that is set to expire at the end of May.
From the U.S. Department of Transportation press release:
The GROW AMERICA Act reflects President Obama’s vision for a six-year, $478 billion transportation reauthorization bill that invests in modernizing America’s infrastructure. As lawmakers try to fund transportation beyond May 31, GROW AMERICA provides members of the House and Senate with the option of increasing investment in surface transportation by 45 percent, and supporting millions of jobs repairing and modernizing roads, bridges, railroads and transit systems in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
“All over the country, I hear the same account: the need to repair and expand our surface transportation system has never been greater, and yet federal transportation funding has never been in such short supply,” Secretary Foxx said. “Our proposal provides a level of funding and also funding certainty that our partners need and deserve. This is an opportunity to break away from 10 years of flat funding, not to mention these past six years in which Congress has funded transportation by passing 32 short-term measures.”
What does the GROW America Act mean for Texas? See how the bill will boost Texas’s resources compared to the current flat-funding scenario:
- FY 2016 Federal-Aid Highway Apportionment to Texas under Extensions with Flat Funding: $3,075,425,063
- Estimated FY 2016 Federal-Aid Highway Apportionment to Texas under the Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act: $3,744,587,291
- FY 2016 Federal Transit Administration Apportionments and Allocations to Texas under Extensions with Flat Funding:$413,759,571
- Estimated FY 2016 Federal Transit Administration Apportionments and Allocations to Texas under the Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act: $637,978,784
For public transportation specifically, the bill will increase average transit spending by 76 percent annually. This means more projects, more expansion, more jobs, improved service and more. Learn more about the impact of federal funding on public transportation at DART and other systems at standup4transportation.org.
GROW AMERICA Act [U.S. Department of Transportation]