The Bus Coalition's 2020 Funding Requests

In 2020, TBC is excited about three opportunities to invest in bus programs – Reauthorization of the FAST Act, the FY21 appropriations process and a possible infrastructure package. 

FAST Act Reauthorization: TBC endorses APTA’s funding recommendations for the 5339 Bus and Bus Facility Program. TBC members worked within the APTA structure to ensure bus funds are a priority in the next reauthorization. 

TBC supports the APTA reauthorization recommendations which include: Reestablishing within two years a 40-40-20 capital investment ratio among Capital Investment Grants (§5309), State of Good Repair (§ 5337), and Buses and Bus Facilities (§ 5339) programs

FY21 Request: TBC supports a plus-up of $485 million in additional investments for the Bus and Bus Facility competitive grant program (5339b). The request is consistent with the amount the House included in the FY20 THUD Appropriations bill and is needed to address the significant aging and shrinking national bus fleet.

Infrastructure Package: TBC supports an infrastructure package investment of $7.14 billion in the Bus and Bus Facility program over five years. According to 2018 NTD data, there were 14,874 large revenue-buses operating past useful life. At an average cost of $600,000 per bus and factoring in a 20% local match, it would take $7.14 billion in federal resources to simply address the backlog in bus replacement. This funding level would create approximately 260,000 jobs and procure approximately 15,000 domestically manufactured buses.

Current Issues:

Ensuring Appropriations Follows The FAST Act

Getting a competitive grant funding program back in the Sec. 5339 Bus & Bus Facilities program was step one. Now, we have to ensure the Federal Transportation Administration awards the funds as stated under the new law passed by Congress. Read the latest on our efforts regarding this issue by clicking on the blue link above.

Restoring 5339’s Competitive Grant

MAP-21 was disastrous for many bus systems throughout the United States. In 2012 under MAP-21, US Congress transitioned over half of the available funds bus systems relied on to keep their systems up-to-date, operational, and safe to other transit programs. The Bus Coalition, along with other advocates, worked hard to revert what was done in 2012 and reestablish a competitive grant program within the Bus & Bus Facilities Account 5339. Lean more about our recent actions that helped grow the 5339 account in the new 5-year FAST Act signed into law on December 4th, 2015, by clicking the link above.        

Below are links to our previous issue briefs, legislative summaries and membership calls to action.  Click on each doc to download the files.

(March 2020) TBC 2-pager summarizing current improvements in Federal bus transit funding, and additional needs for support in FAST Act Reauthorization, FY21 proposals, and inclusion in a potential federal infrastructure package.

(July 2019) TBC 2-pager summarizing the need for additional federal funding requests, the Coalition’s current funding level requests and notes on TBC support for a possible federal infrastructure package. 

(September 2018) TBC Letter to House and Senate Chairs and Ranking Members of Transportation Appropriations Subcommittees. Urging committee members to support bus transit via increases in the FY19 appropriations cycle.

(July 2018) Talking points for TBC members on Coalition priorities to restore funding levels to bus systems for Member correspondence and upcoming Capitol Hill Vicits.

(March 15, 2018) For the FY2018 Appropriations process we have prepared this 2-page overview of The Bus Coalition, our membership, shared interests and legislative priorities.

(March 8, 2018) This letter to the Appropriations Committee outlines TBC funding priorities for FY2019 and beyond.

(November 27, 2017) This chart showing effects of MAP-21 on national bus funding. 

(April 5, 2017) This letter to the Appropriations Committee outlines TBC funding priorities for FY2019 and beyond.

(April 4, 2017)  Letter to Support Sec 5339(b) language in the transportation bill, focusing on useful life challenges to our existing bus fleets. 

(March 17, 2017) TBC Letter in support of Congressman De Fazio’s bill.  

(March 17, 2017) Bus manufacturer overview including full-bus and parts manufacturing in the United States.

(February 27, 2017) 2017 Letter to the Trump Administration from The Bus Coalition and CTAA members on the transportation legislation in the 115th Congress. 

(December 2015) Chart showing effects of House and Senate Fast Act changes on Bus Transit Funding.