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Surface Transportation Funding and Infrastructure Challenges – IF10025

Surface Transportation Funding and Infrastructure Challenges – IF10025 published on

Surface transportation reauthorization acts fund federal highway and public transportation programs. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21; P.L. 112-141), which originally expired September 31, 2014, has been extended through May 31, 2015, by the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-159). The most salient issue for the 114th Congress will be funding and the solvency of the highway trust fund (HTF). The extension bill transferred $10.8 billion into the HTF to prevent a funding shortfall. More money will be needed if Congress wishes to continue the highway and public transportation programs at their current levels. MAP-21 made major changes in these programs, many of which have yet to be fully implemented. This may limit Congress’s desire to make further major changes at this time.

More Information 

CRS Report R43420, Surface Transportation Program Reauthorization Issues for Congress, and CRS Report R42877, Funding and Financing Highways and Public Transportation.

Date of Report: January 2, 2015
Pages: 2
Order Number: IF10025
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