President Obama unveiled his 2017 proposed Budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday that reflects Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's "Beyond Traffic" theme, his 30-year vision of a national transportation network that is cleaner, more convenient, and technology savvy.
- An average of about $10 billion a year over 10 years for new, multi-modal programs awarded at the state and local level to promote innovations that lead to smarter, cleaner regional transportation systems.
- On average, $10.5 billion annually over 10 years to improve our Nation’s transit systems, including $3.6 billion per year to expand the development, access and use of public transit.
- Nearly $7 billion annually on average over 10 years to support current operations, improve rail safety and invest in high-performance rail initiatives.
- $2 billion in FY 2017 to expand investment in the future of our freight system, in addition to nearly $2 billion in baseline resources.
- $1.25 billion annually to expand the successful, multi-modal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
- $44 billion to invest in the critical infrastructure of the nation’s highway and bridge systems.
- Nearly $10 billion to support operations of public transit systems across the Nation.
- Roughly $730 million for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to research and develop new, life-saving technologies and to support vehicle safety programs.
- Around $640 million to support nationwide motor carrier safety and consumer enforcement efforts through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Heavy emphasis is put on the 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan with investments in safety and technology. (For the complete Transforming Communities in the 21st Century report, click here.)
What Didn't Make It
- The Army Corps of Engineers' civil works funding was cut 22 percent to $4.6 billion.
- The General Services Administration new construction budget decreased 17 percent to $1.3 billion
- The Department of Veterans Affairs major construction budget was slashed 58 percent to $528 million.
Budget Increases and Decreases:
Federal Highway Administration: $51,505.1 million total
- Increase of $8,455 million for highways, $7,500 of which is earmarked for 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan Investments.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: $1,181.3 million total
- $312 million for highway safety including $200 million for 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan Investments - Autonomous Vehicle Development
Federal Transit Administration: $19,883.7 total
- $8,101 million increase includes $5,860 million for 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan Investments - Transit Formula Grants
Federal Railroad Administration: $6,266.8 million total
- Increase of $4,567.6 includes $3,700 million for 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan Investments—Rail Service Improvement and $2,300 million for Current Passenger Rail Services.
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: $295.2 million total
- Increase of $45.6 million for hazardous material safety, and pipeline safety.
Federal Aviation Administration: $15,899.9 total
- Decrease of $450 million for Grants-In-Aid for Airports, $17 million less for facilities and equipment.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: $794.2 million total
- Increase of $150 million for 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan Investments—Safety Investments
Office of the Secretary: $1,696 million total
- Increase of $760.6 million with $1,250 million for national infrastructure investments, and new monies for the National Surface Transportation and Innovative Finance Bureau, the Data Compliance Act, and US Digital services.