Our Issues

Enhancing Bus Transit | Ensuring Fair Funding

Coalition Objectives and Issues

The Bus Coalition’s main objective is to restore funds to the FTA Bus and Bus Facility (BBF) program. In the coming months and across the 116th Congress, TBC is excited about two opportunities for Congress to invest in bus programs, the budget process and infrastructure package.  

Now that a two-year budget agreement, with increased funding levels, has been agreed to, The Bus Coalition is encouraging Congress to dedicate a portion to restore funds to FTA’s BBF competitive grant program (5339b). Specifically, TBC is requesting an increase in the BBF competitive grant program by $661.9 million in FY19 to restore the competitive grant program to SAFETEA LU funding levels. This level of funding would create an additional 24,500 jobs.

In terms of an infrastructure package, TBC supports a $2.85 billion funding increase in thecBBF program. This funding request would simply fill the gap in funds diverted from the programcbetween 2013-2020. This level of funding would create approximately 102,000 jobs and procureccmore than 14,000 domestically manufactured buses.

FTA’s recent competitive grant bus program was significantly oversubscribed 10 to 1 with more than $2.5 billion in requests for $227 million available to award. These critical investments would provide significant resources to address this backlog.

 The news items below spell out our current priorities and goals across the coalition.

 

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.

(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.