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12-19-2014 Federal Transportation Briefing
On Dec. 16, the president signed HR 83, known as the “cromnibus.” It combines a continuing resolution (CR) for the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, 2015, with an omnibus for all other federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2015. For transportation, HR 83 provides:
- highway, transit and aviation obligation limitation at FY 2014 levels
- $500 million for the TIGER program, with eligibility for highways, bridges, transit, passenger and freight rail, and ports
- temporary suspension of two provisions of the trucker hours of service rules
- a Jan. 2015 deadline for tank car rules phasing out DOT 111s
- an increase in port project funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, but $95 million less than authorized in WRRDA.
Tax Credit Extension
Shortly before adjourning, the 113th Congress passed its last piece of legislation, HR 5771, which retroactively extends through FY 2014 several tax breaks, including credits for railroad track maintenance and certain transit expenses. In addition, the bill raises the diesel fuel tax charged to barge operators by nine cents per gallon. These funds flow into the Inland Waterway Trust Fund which was created to fund infrastructure projects on the inland waterway system. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.
Funding/authorization expiration dates:
Sept. 30, 2015 – transportation appropriations (HR 83, T-HUD)
Sept. 30, 2019 - water resource and development programs (WRRDA of 2014)
Sept. 30, 2013 - passenger rail and freight safety programs (PRIIA of 2008)
May 31, 2015 - surface transportation programs (MAP-21 extension, in HR 5021)
Sept. 30, 2015 - aviation programs (Air Transportation Modernization & Safety Improvement Act, 2012)
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