The U.S. House of Representatives approved a five-month, USD 8 billion extension of surface transport programs on July 15.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released a joint statement on the bill, H.R. 3038, and said, “this country needs a long-term plan to fix our roads, bridges and other infrastructure, and this bill gives us our best shot at completing one this year. By providing resources through the end of the year, we can ensure construction continues while we work toward a package that could close the trust fund’s shortfall for as many as six years. We urge all members who want some long-sought stability in our highway and transit programs to support this critical extension.”
The bill will now head over to the Senate, where the Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation approved its own version of a multi-year transportation bill, S.1732.
S. 1732 includes an extension of Positive Train Control implementation to 2018 for most freight and passenger railroads.