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Senate Passed an Historic $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Package

On August 11th, the US Senate passed an historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that significantly increases funding for bus transit programs. While only 60 votes were required, 19 Republicans joined 50 Democrats in approving the proposal that includes $550 billion in new spending for roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. In addition to more traditional infrastructure improvements, the bill also allocates billions of dollars to speed adoption of electric vehicles, upgrade the nation’s power grid and improve access to broadband internet. There were no amendments approved in the Senate that changed bus funding levels or other transit provisions from our update last week. As a reminder, we achieved nearly all of our objectives in the Senate bill, including the following: Transit Increased 43%/83% Above Baseline: The transit title sees an increase of 43% above baseline levels for contract authority, for $69.9 billion over the next five years. When combined with the supplemental appropriations for transit, the package provides an 83% increase for transit funding compared to FAST Act levels.  172% Increase in 5339 Funding: Funding for the 5339 program increases by 172% from $808 million to $2.2 billion.  5339b Grants Preserved and Increased : Annual authorized funding increases by 43% (stays available for bus replacement for all fuel sources).  Low/No Increase and Set-aside: The bill provides over $1 billion per year for the 5339c Low/No program, and requires at least 25% of all Low/No grants go to “low emission projects” (CNG, RNG, etc.).  The bill now faces what could be a rocky road in the House as there remains major issues to

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Senate Passed an Historic $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Package

On August 11th, the US Senate passed an historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that significantly increases funding for bus transit programs. While only 60 votes were required, 19 Republicans joined 50[…]

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INVEST Act Strongly Endorsed By TBC! Act Now!

On Monday, June 7, the Bus Coalition Board met to discuss and ultimately strongly endorse the House introduced INVEST Act which is set to be marked up in Committee. The[…]

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INVEST in America Act — Statement from TBC President, Bill Carpenter

On the release of the INVEST in America Act, The Bus Coalition President Bill Carpenter released the following statement: “On behalf of The Bus Coalition (TBC) and its members, I[…]

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Thank you Transit Workers! The Bus Coalition Joins The US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure

The Bus Coalition Joins The US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in thanking transit workers across the country that are keeping our communities moving across the country[…]

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TBC & CTAA Join Forces for Fiscal 2021 Bus Funding Increases

The Bus Coalition and CTAA are teaming up again to advocate for additional funding for the Competitive Bus and Bus Facility grant program in the FY21 Appropriations process. This alliance[…]

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FTA CARES Grant Deadlines Extended to April 29th, 2020 & Background Information

Secretary Chao Extends FTA Grant Deadlines, Including Bus and Bus Facility Competitive Grants: On March 27, Bus Coalition staff participated in a call with Secretary Chao and FTA Acting Administrator[…]

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Randy Frantz of Louisville’s Transit Authority of River City Joins The Bus Coalition Board

The Bus Coalition Board is be happy to welcome the most recent addition to our national coalition’s leadership team: Randy Frantz, Assistant Executive Director to Louisville’s TARC Transit System. “Louisville’s[…]

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FTA Announces $423 Million in FY19 Bus Grants

This week, FTA announced $423 million in FY19 Bus and Bus Facility awards to 94 projects in 42 states. Congratulations to all the recipients! You can find the full list[…]

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Donna DeMartino Op-Ed in Passenger Transit Magazine

This month, Donna DeMartino, TBC Board Member and CEO of San Joaquin, California’s RTD Transit has penned an outstanding op-ed in Passenger Transport Magazine. Celebrating recent successes from APTA’s leadership[…]

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July 16-17 Bus Coalition Reauthorization Kickoff

Join the Congressional Bus Caucus and The Bus Coalition for our:  “Not Your Parents’ Bus” Kickoff Event  On July 16 and 17, in coordination with the Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus,[…]

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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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