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    Artba Map 21 Re-authorization VS Grow Act Artba Map 21 Re-authorization VS Grow Act Presentation Transcript

    • Comparison of Reauthorization Proposals   GROW  AMERICA  ACT   (Obama/U.S.  DOT)   MAP-­‐21  Reauthorization  Act   (Senate)   House  Proposal   (Not  Yet  Released)   Policy/Program  Structure   Duration   Four  Years   Six  Years     Highway  Program  Structure   • Maintains  MAP-­‐21  Core  Programs   • New  program  (FAST)  to  promote  innovation   • New  “Fix  It  First”  maintenance  program   • Maintains  MAP-­‐21  Core  Programs   • New  Transportation  Awards  Program  to   promote  innovation  with  General  Funds   • New  Projects  of  National  and  Regional   Significance  Program     Freight   • New  program,  $10  billion  over  four  years   • Half  distributed  by  formula  among  states,   other  half  grants  administered  by  U.S.  DOT   • Eligible  activities:  highways,  rail,  ports,  airports   and  intermodal  connectors   • New  program,  $6  billion  over  five  years   • All  money  distributed  to  states  by   formula   • State  may  use  up  to  10  percent  of  funds   on  multimodal  projects,  remaining  funds   highway-­‐related     Innovative  Finance   • Continues  TIFIA  Program  at  $1  billion  per  year   • Increases  cap  on  Private  Activity  Bonds  by  $4   billion   • TIFIA  Program  at  $750  million  per  year   • Allows  secretary  to  use  up  to  ten  percent   of  TIFIA  funds  to  capitalize  state   infrastructure  banks  (SIBs)   • Restores  state  ability  to  use  highway   formula  funds  for  SIBs       Tolling   Allows  tolling  existing  Interstate  System  and   variable  tolls  to  manage  congestion   No  new  tolling  provisions     Highway  Trust  Fund   Restructures  Highway  Trust  Fund  to  a   “Transportation  Trust  Fund”  that  would  support   highway,  transit,  multimodal,  and  passenger  rail   activities   • No  changes  to  Highway  Trust  Fund   • Senate  Finance  Committee  Highway  Trust   Fund  proposal  not  released     Accountability   Issue  not  addressed   Requires  DOT  to  make  available  on  its  web   site  90  day  updates  on  the  expenditure  of   highway  funds  by  state  and  project  type     Public  Transportation   Largely  maintains  current  transit  program,  with   large  investment  increases  for  transit  formula   programs  and  modest  increase  in  transit  capital   investment   Senate  Banking  Committee  public   transportation  proposal  not  released    
    • Passenger  Rail   Proposes  to  continue  Amtrak  and  other  intercity   rail  programs,  plus  the  creation  of  a  high  speed  rail   program.   Highway  Trust  Funds  not  eligible  for   passenger  rail  activities     Authorization  Levels     (Four  Year  Averages)   (Six  Year  Average)     Core  Highway  Program   $39.7  B   $40.5  B    (includes  $1.0  B  per  year  freight   program)     Critical  Immediate   Investments  (“Fix  it  First”)   $3.35  B   $0.00     FAST  Program  (Innovation   Incentives)   $0.500  B   $0.00     Freight  Program   $2.5  B   Included  in  core  investment  levels     TIFIA  Program   $1.0  B   $0.75  B     Projects  of  National  &   Regional  Significance     $0.4  B     Total  Highway  Program   $49.1  B   43.7     Transit  Formula  Grants   $14.3  B   Not  Available     Transit  Capital  Grants   $2.7  B   Not  Available     FAST  Program   $0.500  B   Not  Available     Total  Transit  Program   $18.1  B   Not  Available     TIGER  Grants   $1.25  B   $0.0     Project  Delivery   Reduction  of  Duplication  in   Environmental  Reviews   • Directs  DOT  to  establish  a  process  for   concurrent  reviews  during  the  National   Environmental  Policy  Act  (NEPA)  process     • Places  an  emphasis  on  identifying  cooperating   agencies  and  coordinating  schedules  early  in   the  review  process   • Directs  DOT  to  reduce  “to  the  maximum   extent  practicable”  duplication  of   alternatives  analyses  in  the  NEPA  and   transportation  planning  processes   • Allows  alternatives  to  be  rejected  in  the   NEPA  process  if  they  have  already  been   studied  and  rejected  in  the  planning   process   • Expands  the  universe  of  planning   documents  which  may  be  used  to  satisfy   NEPA  requirements     Process  Deadlines   Allows  DOT  to  set  a  separate  schedule  with  other   agencies  which  would  supersede  the  180-­‐day   Establishes  a  45  day  deadline  for  DOT  to   respond  to  a  project  sponsor  as  to  whether    
    • deadline  established  in  MAP-­‐21  for  permit   decisions.    If  no  schedule  is  set,  MAP-­‐21’s  180-­‐day   deadline  still  applies     an  environmental  review  will  be  initiated   Unreasonable  Obstruction   of  Navigation   Requires  the  Secretary  of  Homeland  Security  to   take  transportation  needs  into  account  when   determining  whether  or  not  a  bridge  project   “unreasonably  obstructs  free  navigation  of  the   waters”       Issue  not  addressed     Reform  of  Historic  Site   Review  Processes   • Directs  DOT  to  align  similar  historic   preservation  processes   • Allows  DOT  to  determine  early  in  the  process   that  “no  feasible  or  prudent”  alternative   exists.    This  is  an  optional  decision   Same  as  Administration  proposal     Exemption  of  Certain     Projects  from  Historic   Preservation  Analysis   • Exempts  certain  projects  involving  the   “improvement  to,  maintenance,  rehabilitation,   or  operation  of  railroad  or  rail  transit  lines”   from  historic  preservation  analysis   • Exempts  certain  concrete  and  steel  bridges   created  after  1945  from  historic  preservation   analysis       Issue  not  addressed     Categorical  Exclusion  (CE)   Reform   Expands  the  applicability  of  the  multimodal  CE   established  in  MAP-­‐21   • Adjusts  the  financial  limits  on  CEs  for   projects  with  limited  federal  funds  for   yearly  changes  in  the  National  Highway   Construction  Cost  Index   • Expands  the  applicability  of  the   multimodal  CE  established  under  MAP-­‐21   (same  as  GROW  AMERICA)     Increased  Public   Information  About   Environmental  Reviews   • Directs  DOT  to  develop  an  online  reporting   system  on  the  progress  and  status  of   environmental  reviews  and  permitting  on   projects   • Directs  the  establishment  of  the   “Infrastructure  Permitting  Improvement   Center”  to  be  housed  at  DOT.    The  Center   would  have  a  steering  committee  made  up  of   Issue  not  addressed    
    •   deputy-­‐level  representatives  from  different   federal  agencies     Programmatic  Agreements   Issue  not  addressed   • Directs  DOT  to  establish  a  template  for   the  use  of  programmatic  agreements.    No   deadline  is  given  for  the  development  of   this  template   • Directs  that  programmatic  agreements   be  given  “substantial  weight”  for   satisfying  NEPA  requirements