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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has notified transportation-related committees of Congress which 26 projects it has selected to receive approximately $1.5 billion in grant funding under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program. The program is a competitive grant program that was included in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) to provide funding for nationally significant highway, bridge, and freight projects. 

Automated vehicle technologies range from driver assistance applications to fully automated systems that do not require a human driver.  The report outlines FTA’s five year plan to explore the application of automation levels to bus operations, including:

  • automated shuttle services;
  • advanced driver assistance systems
  • maintenance, yard, and parking operations; 
  • mobility-on-demand service; and
  • automated bus rapid transit applications.
Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy held a seven-hour, 4 panel hearing on the fate of tax extenders—temporary tax extenders like those for biofuels or short-line railroads. While they were just extended retroactively for 2017, they have again expired and currently are not available for 2018.
Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced 41 recipients of nearly $500 million in discretionary grant funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Learn more about the selected projects here.
Congress has officially passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. After making a few last minute changes to accommodate Senate rules and procedures, Senate Republicans passed the bill Tuesday night along party lines, 51-48. Today, the House passed the bill with those changes by a vote of 224-201.
Senate Democrats Announce Infrastructure Plan, While Trump Team Supposedly Compiles Infrastructure Priority List
On January 24, 2017 Senate Democrats’ unveiled their “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” a 10-year, $1 trillion proposal to “rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and create 15 million middle-class jobs.” Also on Jan. 24., a document leaked out listing 50 infrastructure projects compiled and shared by President Donald Trump’s transition team, and put together by a Washington-based consulting firm. President Trump also signed an Executive Order on Jan. 24, entitled “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” 
Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda Issued by the Trump Administration (So Far)

The TFG blog will be posting weekly entries to keep track of all Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda (collectively “executive actions”) issued by President Trump. As of today (1/25), the Trump Administration has issued 12 executive actions. Click the link below for summaries of each action.

DOT Announces Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Awardees
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced awardees for its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program.  Sixty-one projects in 41 states, the Virgin Islands, and Indian Country received a share of nearly $211 million to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase transit buses and related equipment, and construct bus-related facilities. Was your community one of the lucky applicants?
DOT Awards $500M in TIGER Grants

On July 29, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced nearly $500 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Of the 40 grant recipients this year, nearly two-thirds are repeat applicants. Find out which communities were successful!

President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization BIll Into Law
On Friday, July 15, President Obama signed the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016" (H.R. 636) into law, which extends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program, spending, and tax authorities through September 30, 2017 at current funding levels. The House passed the bill by voice vote on July 11 and the Senate passed the bill on July 13 by a vote of 89-4. The bill also provides important aviation safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements, including: improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.

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