On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act. The legislation would provide $1.2 trillion over the next five years for the nation's transportation, water, broadband, and energy infrastructure. More than $567 billion of this funding would go toward projects and programs that affect every aspect of transportation, from road safety to public transit.
The bill would increase funding for core planning and transportation programs that CMAP administers regionally, including:
a 32 percent increase in metropolitan planning funding from FY2020's $357.9 million to $474.2 million by FY2026
a 32 percent increase in surface transportation program funding from FY2020's $11.288 billion to $14.975 billion by FY2026
a 10 percent increase in congestion mitigation funding from FY2020's $2.493 billion to $2.745 billion by FY2026
a 76 percent increase in transportation alternatives funding from FY2020's $850 million to $1.497 billion by FY2026
The bill would also create opportunities for regions to tackle emissions from the transportation sector through a new carbon reduction formula program, as well as a new congestion relief program that targets major metro areas. In addition to increased funding to address climate change regionally, the bill would make programmatic changes, allowing CMAP to better incorporate housing and economic development into how we plan for the future and make transportation investments.
Providing additional resources to regions to address climate change and make equitable, comprehensive decisions around housing, land use, and transportation are priorities in CMAP's federal agenda and the region's principles for surface transportation reauthorization.
The Senate-passed reauthorization bill now heads to the House of Representatives for debate and consideration. Congress has until Thursday, September 30, to pass a new reauthorization bill or extend and reauthorize transportation programs at current funding levels.