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Senate Committee Releases Draft Surface Transportation Reauthorization Legislation

May 25, 2021

A U.S. Senate Committee has released draft legislation for a $303.5 billion surface transportation bill for federal fiscal years 2022-2026.

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 is to be considered by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on May 26.

It proposes a 34 percent increase in spending over the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act that expired in 2020 and was given a one-year extension to Sept. 30, 2021.

The bill is supported by committee members of both parties including Chairman Tom Carper (D-Delaware and Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia, the ranking minority committee member.

The bill proposes $245 million for the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Program for each of fiscal years 2022-26 and removes the requirement that at least half of the funds “must be for the installation of protective devices” at crossings.

Funding for Operation Lifesaver, work zone safety grants, and safety clearinghouses would be consolidated.

In a change affecting public transportation the bill adds eligibility for the construction of a bus rapid transit corridor or dedicated bus lanes.

Another change requires a study of “forecasted travel demand data compared to actual observed travel.”

That information is to be used by state and metropolitan planning organizations to forecast travel.

The U.S. Department of Transportation would be directed to establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee.