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Transportation Bill Set for Signature

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Robert Fogel, Senior Legislative Director, NACo

Congress passed a 27-month surface transportation bill June 29 that will fund the federal highway program at nearly $39.7 billion for FY13 and $40.26 billion for FY14.  The measure would expire Sept. 30, 2014 and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

The final vote for approval was 373–52 in the House and 74–19 in the Senate.

NACo scored several important victories. The off-system bridge program, which has funneled $650 million annually to bridges not on the federal-aid system, mainly county-owned bridges, is retained. A number of proposed changes to the Metropolitan Planning (MPO) planning process title, including a Senate approach that changed the process dramatically and in some cases eliminated certain regions, were rejected and much of the current MPO planning language was continued. The population threshold for MPOs remains at 50,000 and rural regions get new authority in the planning process.

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