Passenger Transport December 2019 Vol 77 No 24 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS

Congress Reaches
Bipartisan Agreement
On US DOT Funding
Provides $15.4 Billion for
Public Transportation
BEFORE RECESSING FOR THE YEAR, the U.S. House
of Representatives passed by a vote of 297-120 a "minibus" appropriations bill that provides funding for US DOT
and other departments and government agencies for fiscal
year (FY) 2020. H.R. 1865 represents a bipartisan HouseSenate agreement on the appropriations bills. As this issue
of Passenger Transport went to press, the Senate was
expected to pass the bill and President Trump expected to
sign it.
The legislation provides more than $15.4 billion for
public transportation and intercity passenger rail, including
$12.9 billion for public transportation and $2.5 billion for
intercity passenger rail grants. Although these amounts are
3.6 percent ($586 million) below FY 2019 enacted funding
levels, the total funding levels are $390 million more than the
FY 2020 FAST Act authorization levels and $1.2 billion more
than the FY 2020 president's budget request.
In addition, the bill blocks the Rostenkowski Test, which
required a $1.2 billion (12 percent) across-the-board cut
to all transit formula funds in FY 2020. The bill also makes
transit projects and alternative-fuel-charging infrastructure
eligible for $781 million in additional federal-aid Highway
Surface Transportation Block Grant funding.
To view a table of the funding included in the bill, visit
https://bit.ly/2S2KA0F.
The bill also provides specific statutory timelines for DOT
to issue grant notices and awards for certain programs,
including Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Federal-State Partnership for State of
Good Repair rail programs.
The bill provides $1.98 billion for Capital Investment Grants
(CIG) and requires FTA to allocate 85 percent of these funds
by Dec. 31, 2021. Of that amount, the bill provides $1.5 billion for New Starts, $300 million for Core Capacity projects,
$100 million for Small Starts and $100 million for the Expedited Project Delivery for CIG Pilot Program.
Although the CIG funding level is a significant reduction
from the FY 2019 funding level, the bill includes important

US DOT FUNDING CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2019

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Focus on Maintenance Initiatives
Throughout the year, Passenger Transport highlights certain
areas of interest to the industry including, among others, technology, sustainability and security. In this issue, a cross-section
of APTA members discuss maintenance trends, training and
safety initiatives for buses, rail and related infrastructure.

Invite Training to the ZEB
Procurement Dinner Table
AC Transit Reveals the
Secret Ingredient to
Nearly 20 Years of
Zero-Emission Success
BY MICHAEL FLOCCHINI
Training and Education Manager
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
Oakland, CA

LATELY, TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCES
and webinars around the globe have devoted
considerable discussion to zero-emission bus
(ZEB) technology. As an early adopter of ZEBs,
the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC
Transit) is proud to have slashed tailpipe emissions, cut dependence on petroleum fuels and
reduced greenhouse gases over nearly two
decades. So, we describe this evolving ZEB
enthusiasm in two words: love it!
Admittedly, these global transportation discussions often spark a perennial debate. What is the

AC Transit technicians undergo complex fuel cell system
maintenance, including preventive maintenance inspections, corrective maintenance repairs, and diagnostic and
troubleshooting techniques.

best ZEB investment? Battery-electric? Hydrogen fuel cell? Hybrid technology? These are valid
questions without easy answers.

AC TRANSIT ZERO-EMISSION BUSES
CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

A Safe and Happy Holiday Season from APTA!


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