December 24, 2022 - APTA.com -
The American Public Transportation Association reports that House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders included $21.2 billion for public transit and $16.6 billion for passenger and freight rail in H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. This bipartisan, bicameral agreement on Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations legislation includes the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023 (THUD Appropriations bill). The THUD Appropriations bill appropriates the overwhelming majority of public transit and passenger rail authorizations of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
“We are encouraged to see Congress honor the promise of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by providing this funding for public transit and passenger rail for Fiscal Year 2023,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “This is a transformational investment in public transportation infrastructure that our country so desperately needs. These historic and generational investments will enable our communities to provide access to opportunities and create family-wage jobs, advance equity, tackle climate change, and meet growing and evolving mobility demands.”
Specifically, the THUD Appropriations bill, together with the IIJA’s advance appropriations, provides a total of $21.2 billion for public transit in FY 2023, an increase of $704 million from the FY 2022 enacted level. In addition, the THUD Appropriations bill and IIJA provide $16.6 billion for passenger and freight rail in FY 2023, an increase of $69 million from the FY 2022 enacted level.
Key public transit and passenger rail details contained in the THUD Appropriations bill:
In addition, APTA advocated for several other key pieces of the Consolidated Appropriations bill, including:
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