To:          All Concerned

From:    John Risch and Greg Hynes

Subject: Legislative Update 4/19

Today the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) passed $56.5 billion legislation to fund its programs for FY 2017. The bill includes several positive allocations for rail:

  • $1.7 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration –  $76 million above FY 2016 enacted level

  • $525 million for TIGER Grants – $25 million above FY 2016 enacted level

  • $2.3 billion for Capital Investment Grants (New Starts) -- $161 million above FY 2016 enacted level

  • Amtrak: $345 million for the Northeast Corridor and $1.075 billion for the National Network – total $30 million above FY 2016 enacted levels

  • New passenger rail grant programs created under FAST Act: $50 million for Consolidation Rail and Infrastructure and Improvement grants; $20 million for State of Good Repair grants; and $15 million for Restoration and Enhancement grants

The Senate also passed legislation that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The legislation would authorize the appropriation of $155 million from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund for the Essential Air Service (EAS) for each of the FYs 2016 and 2017.

Both pieces of legislation face more hurdles before they become law, but we are pleased that they include positive developments for our rail and air members.



John Risch

National Legislative Director

SMART Transportation Division

304 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003

202-543-7714 office

202-544-3024 fax