The U.S. Subcommittee on Transport, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) of the House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2020 which will see a USD 16.2 billion budget for public transport and rail passenger services.
Under the plans, USD 13.5 billion will be provided for public transport sector and USD 2.7 billion for rail passenger segment, more than USD 1 billion FY 2020 FAST Act authorization levels and USD 150 million more than the 2019 THUD Appropriations Act, APTA says. The bill includes an administrative provision that prohibits a 12 percent cut to public transportation formula grants in FY 2020.
The bill includes USD 2.3 billion for Capital Investment Grants (CIG) and requires the Federal Transit Administration to obligate 80 percent of the sum by December 31, 2021. It also includes language on FTA changes to the approval process for CIG grants.
In addition, the bill also does not allow the Federal Railroad Administration to take back the USD 2.5 billion in funding that has been provided to the California High-Speed Rail project as well as the transferring of nearly USD 1 billion in California high-speed rail grants that were terminated last week.