Senate Appropriators Increase Rail Funding Over FY 2016 Level
The Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee released their transportation budget on April 19th and it included several increases in funding for rail related programs for a total of $1.7 billion in rail appropriations.
Amtrak saw its budget increase from $1.39 billion in FY 2016 to $1.5 billion proposed for FY 2017 and three new rail programs created in the FAST Act passed last year saw funding proposed for the first time. The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Grants received $50 million in proposed funding, $20 million for the Federal State Partnership for State of Good Repair, and $15 million for Rail Restoration and Enhancement Grants. The bill also provides $334 million for rail safety and research programs.
The bill also proposed to invest $12.3 billion in America’s transit networks, $16.9 billion for our Aviation system, and $44 billion for our nation’s road network.