House Transportation Funding Bill Provides Significant Increases for Highways

On May 23, the House Appropriations Committee approved its fiscal year 2019 funding bill, which provides significant increases for infrastructure programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. The bill includes $49.52 billion in funding for highways by adding $4.25 billion from the general fund to the FAST Act-authorized level of $45.27 billion, a 9.3 percent increase. Of that amount, $3.8 billion will be distributed via formula as apportioned under the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, and $250 million is for highway safety projects. An additional $310 million was added to transit Capital Investment Grants, increasing the FAST Act-authorized level from $2.3 billion to $2.614 billion. The formula transit program would be funded at the FAST Act level of $9.939 billion (See chart below).

Fiscal Year 2019 Highway and Transit Appropriations
(In Billions) FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019 (House)
FAST Act – Highways (HTF) $43.27 $44.23 $45.27
Additional General Fund $2.53 $4.25
Total Highways $43.27 $46.76 $49.52
FAST Act Transit Capital Grants (General Fund) $2.3 $2.3 $2.3
Additional General Fund 0.2 $.35 $0.31
Total Transit Capital Grants $2.5 $2.65 $2.61
Transit Formula Grants (HTF) $9.733 $9.733 $9.939
Additional General Fund $0.834 $0.800
Total Transit Formula $9.733 $10.567 $10.739
Airport Improvement (AIP) Aviation TF $3.35 $3.35 $3.35
Additional General Fund $1.0 $0.50
Total AIP $3.35 $4.35 $3.85
Build (TIGER) Grants – General Fund $0.50 $1.50 $0.75

The bill also includes $750 million for BUILD Grants (formerly known as TIGER), down $250 million from fiscal year 2018 but a $250 million increase over 2017 and previous fiscal year levels. For aviation, the bill provides $3.85 billion down $500 million from FY 2018 but an additional $500 million over FY 2017 and previous fiscal years.
The bill is not yet scheduled for floor action. AGC will continue to weigh-in and ensure that these significant increases are realized.
For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319.

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