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Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

Monday, April 15, 2013

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The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion budget request for the U.S. Department of Transportation is approved.

The President's Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for DOT—a 6 percent increase over enacted 2012 levels—includes a $50 billion program to provide immediate transportation investment.

The budget includes funding for Obama's "Fix it First" plan and public-private "Partnership to Rebuild America," both introduced in his 2013 State of the Union Address.

"These resources will fund needed investments in our vital transportation systems while at the same time creating jobs and strengthening our nation’s economy," DOT said in its budget announcement Thursday (April 11).

Highlights of the budget proposals follow, and links for individual agency budget requests are available below.

Federal Highway Administration

The FY 2014 budget request for the FHWA is $41 billion, which reflects funding levels in MAP-21, the first long-term surface transportation reauthorization since 2005.

The national highway system, a 220,000-mile network of roads and interstates, would see $21.9 billion for construction of new facilities and ensure that investments in highway projects support the progress of state asset management plans' performance targets, officials said.

Highways
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking $41 billion, including $25 billion for highway infrastructure.

Flexible funding in the amount of $10.1 billion would be used for improving conditions on federal-aid highways, bridge projects on any public road, non-motorized transportation facilities, transit capital projects, and public bus terminals and facilities. The program allows transportation agencies to target funds toward state or local priorities.

Other requested funding includes:

  • $2.4 billion to fund efforts to reduce traffic fatalities;
  • $2.3 billion to reduce highway congestion and harmful emissions;
  • $1 billion for the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program;
  • $1 billion to support projects on federal and tribal lands;
  • $820 million for the Transportation Alternatives Program;
  • $400 million for the Research, Technology, and Education Program;
  • $357 million to support three programs: Emergency Relief, Territorial and Puerto Rico Highway Program, and Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities; and
  • $314 for the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program.

Fix It First

The budget includes $40 billion for “Fix-It-First” investments to improve the existing transportation infrastructure.

Out of that amount, $25 billion is for critical highway infrastructure, including federal-aid highways, bridges on public roads, and other federal, tribal and territorial roads and bridges.

Bridge work
NYS DOT

The President is proposing a $40 billion Immediate Transportation Investments program aimed at reducing the backlog of deferred infrastructure maintenance.

A total of $9 billion for critical transit infrastructure improvements includes:

  • $500 million to increase the capacity of existing transit infrastructure through the Capital Investment Grants established in MAP-21;
  • $6 billion to pay for capital asset renewal and vehicle/equipment replacement at bus and rail transit systems; and
  • $2.5 billion for urban and rural transit programs, including routine maintenance and limited operating assistance for some systems.

Current passenger rail services, namely Amtrak; grants-in-aid for airports; and cross-border transportation will each see $2 billion.

The remaining $10 billion will invest in “reform through competition,” including:

  • $4 billion for transportation infrastructure grants and financing to local governments and transit agencies for surface transportation infrastructure;
  • $2 billion for a proposed transportation leadership awards program that encourages states and regions to implement innovative strategies that address transportation needs;
  • $3 billion to improve the intercity rail service or develop new passenger rail corridors; and
  • $1 billion to advance NextGen modernization efforts and improve airports.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

The FY 2014 budget requests $255.3 million, an increase of $54.1 million above the FY 2012 enacted funding, for proposed technological enhancements and upgrades that PHMSA needs to meet requirements of two laws Obama signed in 2012.

Pipeline inspection
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has requested $255.3 million, including additional funds for federal pipeline inspectors.

Included in the request is $155.1 million for pipeline safety, $51.8 million for hazardous materials safety, $28.3 million for emergency preparedness grants, and $20.2 million for the agency’s administrative operational expenses.

FAA, FTA, Rail

Budget requests for the Federal Aviation Administration total $15.6 billion to support current programs in the areas of air traffic controller and safety staffing, research and development, and capital investment, as well as modernizing the air traffic system. 

A budget request of $10.9 billion for the Federal Transit Administration would be used for grants to construct new public transit systems, oversee transit safety, buy and maintain vehicles and equipment, support planning efforts, and improve technology and service methods.

Maritime Academy
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The budget request for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy includes $11.1 million for maintenance and repair of training ships.

The Federal Railroad Administration would see $6.6 billion to implement a multi-year, high-speed and intercity passenger rail program. For FY 2014, FRA proposes reauthorizing safety and development assistance programs and establishing a National High Performance Rail System program.

Other Agencies

Budget estimates for all other DOT agencies are available at the links below.

 

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Federal Railroad Administration; Government; Government contracts; Maintenance programs; Marine; Mass transit; Pipelines; Rail; Roads/Highways; Transportation

Comment from Jim Johnson, (4/15/2013, 1:57 PM)

Since our government has no money, it only has our tax dollars, plus they have put our grand children and great grand children in debt, just where do they figure to get the funds for this additional 6% waste increase? Take a close look at how the funds are to be spent. What is seen is a huge increase in federal employees and increased "management" cost, plus funding for roads on federal land (which already have adequate highways), tribal lands (who have plenty of money of their own from gambling operations), maritime operations, more government employees for more planning, more funding for rail which should be paying its own way. It appears to me to be about 80% waste and 20% actual highway projects. We are now 17 Trillion in debt. Many trillions have been spent on programs like obamaphones,advertising in Mexico encouraging people to come get free food stamps, rent subsidies and other give aways, many billions have been borrowed and given to foreign nations and political cronies have gotten filthy rich on green energy grants, such as Solyndra. Now they want to borrow more for their political agenda? Not if the American tax payer has anything to say about it!


Comment from Chuck Pease, (4/19/2013, 9:51 PM)

Well said Jim.Lots of window dressing from the Hill to cover the real agenda. Growing the Feds some more. Sure sounds nice tho doesnt it?:) However, I am a little worried that the average Joe tax payer doesnt have a clue.Like sheep led to slaughter.


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