Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Senate Committee Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works just voted 18-0 to pass MAP-21, also known as "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century," or the Transportation Reauthorization Bill.

It's not a done deal though. Three other committees still have to approve funding, transit, rail, and safety sections to be folded into one bill, and it probably won't happen immediately.

Much of today's hearing on the bill focused on amendments to it. Larry Ehl of Transportation Issues Daily has the amendments that were adopted, as well as those that were discussed and withdrawn.


Larry Ehl said...

Thanks for mentioning my story. Good news for Spokane. The bill would renew the Projects of National and Regional Significance, which is a potential funding source for NSC.

SRTC Staff said...

We love your articles Larry. It keeps me from having to do my own analysis :) Anytime we speak of the future around here, it's always preceded with "When we get a new Federal transportation bill..." so we're very excited about this.

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