Other Senate Committees Must Act on Transit, Rail Programs
On May 26, the Senate Environment and Works (EPW) Committee unanimously passed the AGC-backed Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021. The bill would provide historic level of investment—$311 billion over five years—for roads, bridges and highways. The legislation also includes important streamlining provisions that will cut down on administrative duplication in the environmental permitting and review process, maintains state flexibility in policy decisions on addressing highway congestion, and more. The Senate Banking and Commerce committees must now put forth proposals on transit and rail policy and funding, as those fall under their jurisdiction, in order for a full surface transportation package to be considered by the Senate. An AGC summary of the bill—can be found here. A state-by-state formula funding table can be found here. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to consider its version of a highway and transit reauthorization bill on June 9.