The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a 2022 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill as part of an appropriations package of seven bills by a vote of 219-208.
The bill provides $84.1 billion in funding for these agencies—an increase of $8.7 billion above the 2021 level. This includes an increase of $1.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).
“This year’s T-HUD bill provides vital investments to expand opportunity and promote equity by improving our infrastructure and expanding our affordable housing stock,” Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Chairman David E. Price (D-North Carolina) said in a statement. “The bill nearly doubles passenger and freight rail investment, solidifying our commitment to more sustainable travel while focusing on climate resilience and mitigation.”
For FY 2022, the bill provides a total of $105.7 billion in budgetary resources for U.S. DOT—an increase of $19 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level and $18.7 billion above the President’s 2022 budget request.
The bill invests more than $250 million to reduce transportation emissions, increase resiliency, and address historical inequities. It also includes $1.2 billion for National Infrastructure Investments (RAISE/TIGER/BUILD), an increase of $200 million from 2021, including $20 million for Transportation Planning Grants to assist areas of persistent poverty. It also includes $15.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, including $12.2 billion for Transit Formula Grants to expand bus fleets and increase the transit state of good repair; $2.5 billion for Capital Investment Grants, to construct more than 23 new transit routes nationwide; and $580 million for Transit Infrastructure Grants, to purchase more than 300 zero emission buses, 400 diesel buses, and to support transformative research for transit systems.
SOURCE: House Appropriations Committee