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House FY20 THUD Appropriations Bill Includes $483 Million Plus-Up in Bus Funding!

Last week, The House Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee released the FY20 THUD Appropriations bill and it includes an additional $483 million plus-up for the Bus and Bus Facility Program! The 5339b competitive pot received a $389 million plus-up and includes language stipulating that each grant award must be at least $1 million. The 5339c competitive low/no program received a plus-up of $94 million with language stipulating not less than $1.5 million per award. The total plus-up is $483 million, which is higher than our final plus-ups in FY18 or FY19. Obviously, Members and staff on the Appropriations Committee have heard our message about the importance of these competitive grants and lumpy needs. If these numbers stick in a final bill (we still have a long way to go), the competitive program would be funded at $678 million and Low/No at $149 million. See funding levels with FAST Act baseline in chart below: We want to thank Bill Carpenter, Ed Redfern and Donna DeMartino for coming to DC in April and making a strong push for additional funding. We also want to thank all the TBC Members who reached out to their congressional delegation and pushed for additional FY20 bus funding. Your engagement is critical and our message is being heard! This is a great start, but we have a long way to go. The Senate still needs to mark up its version of the bill and we need to redouble our efforts in the Senate to ensure this number sticks. We will be working over the coming

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House FY20 THUD Appropriations Bill Includes $483 Million Plus-Up in Bus Funding!

Last week, The House Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee released the FY20 THUD Appropriations bill and it includes an additional $483 million plus-up for the Bus and Bus Facility Program! The 5339b[…]

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Congressional Caucus Email on FY20 Apts

TBC Needs Your Help – Call to Action Good afternoon all: The Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus is working to increase bus funding in the FY20 Appropriations process and they need[…]

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CTAA EXPO 2019: It’s Time to Be Bold

As our EXPO 2019 early registration discount deadline for CTAA members approaches on April 12, we’re finalizing our workshop sessions with times, speakers and descriptions. These topics reflect the most[…]

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Welcoming Erika Mazza to the TBC Board!

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of The Bus Coalition in Washintgon DC, new board members and officers were installed to the Coalition’s board.  We would like to to extend a[…]

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TBC Needs Your Help – Call to Action

TBC Needs Your Help – Call to Action Good afternoon all: The Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus is working to increase bus funding in the FY20 Appropriations process and they need[…]

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Iowa DOT Doubles Its Replacement Strategy

Due to federal grants and policy changes, the Iowa DOT’s efforts have allowed for the doubling of replacement of aging buses and other fleet needs. For all states, this is[…]

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Federal Reauthorization Planning Underway.

In the run-up to the 2018 midterms, bus transit leaders have begun their planning for the upcoming transit reauthorization process and the opportunity it creates for urban and rural bus[…]

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5339 Grants. At work in the field.

The Bus Coalition’s efforts to secure, authorize and deploy the 5339 grant program are bearing fruit.  A few of our most-active BC members are putting federal dollars to work, and[…]

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