Playing with record-breaking money

News July 16, 2001
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The Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee and full Appropriations Committee approved a FY2002 transportation approp

The Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee and full Appropriations Committee approved a FY2002 transportation appropriations bill that would provide a record $59.96 billion for federal transportation programs.


The House passed its $59.1 billion transportation bill on June 26. The Senate bill would provide $31.9 billion for the core federal highway program and $6.8 billion for the federal transit program. The bill also would provide $3.3 billion for federal airport construction activities as required by AIR-21.


The highway investment level in the measure is more than $200 million above the amount guaranteed by TEA-21. The additional funds were added to accomodate President George W. Bush's request for $145 million in highway funds for a proposed "New Freedem Initiative" that would assist disabled individuals with access to transportation, and $56 million in highway funds for truck safety inspection activities along the U.S.-Mexico border.


The transit level is $100 million above the TEA-21 guarantee. Additional funds would be dedicated to new transit capital projects.


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