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February 11, 2021

On February 10, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved its portion of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill. The legislation would provide $30 billion to public transit programs, $8 billion to airports and $1.5 billion to Amtrak. The vast majority of those funds would go to maintaining existing operations.

February 4, 2021

On February 2, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Pete Buttigieg to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) by an 86-13 vote. Buttigieg officially took the helm of the Department upon his swearing in by Vice President Kamala Harris on February 3. During his January 21 hearing, he affirmed his commitment to the Biden Administration’s plans to prioritize rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.

January 21, 2021

Final Vote on Nomination Expected in Coming Weeks

January 7, 2021

In Addition to $46 Billion for Highway and Transit Programs under FAST Act

December 17, 2020

On December 15, President-elect Joe Biden nominated former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to become the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). As one of the few candidates in the presidential field to introduce a full infrastructure plan, Buttigieg supported transitioning the nation from the current motor fuels tax to a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) user fee.

November 12, 2020

Mixed Bag of Results

In addition to the federal, state, and local political races that were decided on Election Day 2020, many state and local transportation initiatives were taken up by voters across the country. While a few major transportation initiatives failed, the majority received a positive vote. Below is a sampling of all the transportation funding initiatives that were approved or rejected by voters this election season.

Statewide Financing Initiatives

October 1, 2020

Enacts One-Year Federal-Aid Highway & Transit Extension

September 24, 2020

One-Year Extension of the FAST Act Included

September 17, 2020

Only a few days remain until the current highway and public transit law – the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – expires on September 30. AGC is cautiously optimistic that Congress will extend the FAST Act for one-year (through fiscal year 2021). The extension would likely be considered as part of legislation to temporarily fund the federal government, known as a continuing resolution (CR). However, there is one outstanding issue that key negotiators need to resolve.

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