amended Section 142 of the Internal Revenue Code to add highway, bridge, and intermodal freight facilities to the types of privately developed or operated projects for which PABs may be issued.
Similarly, the Administration has proposed to fund the federal transit program at a level some $200 million below SAFETEA-LU
authorizations, including meeting the anticipated shortfall in the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund by "borrowing" money from the Transit Account.
The changes SAFETEA-LU
made to the New Starts program range from establishing the Small Starts program to introducing new evaluation criteria.
Before the SAFETEA-LU
change in de minimis evaluations was enacted, Section 4(f) (as amended and codified in 49 U.
Committee members also expressed frustration over transportation earmarks including in SAFETEA-LU
that have focused so much negative attention on Congressional earmarks.
With the passage of SAFETEA-LU
in August 2005, FHWA will be able to explore promising research ideas that may offer solutions to tomorrow's transportation challenges.
The bill would fully fund the highway and transit guarantees contained in SAFETEA-LU
, but only provides half the amount recommended by the Administration to launch a state matching program for intercity passenger rail.
provisions aim to bolster professional, management and technical skills and expertise at State DOTs
1 billion, SAFETEA-LU
enacts the largest highway program in the history of the Nation.