House rolls out six-year reauthorization proposal
- Distributes nearly all federal highway funding to state DOTs through formula programs designed to preserve existing highways, build new highway capacity, and address congestion, freight mobility, and highway safety.
- Focuses the federal highway program on the Interstate Highway System and the National Highway System – the highways that facilitate interstate travel and interstate commerce.
- Removes current barriers that prevent the private sector from offering public transportation services.
- Provides more of a focus on transit programs that benefit suburban and rural areas and will improve transit options for the elderly and disabled.
Highway and Motor Carrier Safety
- Prioritizes safety funding by holding highway and motor carrier safety programs harmless from any spending cuts in the bill.
- Ensures that federal regulators keep unsafe trucks and buses off the road while allowing companies that operate in a safe and responsible manner to continue to do so.
- Improves access to the underperforming Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program.
- Expedites project review process and streamlines project delivery.
- Ensures that Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund revenues are invested as intended in maintaining the nation’s harbors, not tied up in a federal budgetary shell game.
- Expedites Corps of Engineers permit processing to reduce project backlog.
- Encourages short-sea shipping by eliminating double taxation on vessels transporting freight between domestic ports.
Hazardous Materials Transportation
- Achieves greater safety through regulatory certainty and uniformity.
- Reduces regulatory burdens that do not enhance safety