Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

Key Proposals in the Administration’s FY14 Budget for Transit, TOD, and Sustainable Communities

Department of Transportation

  • Proposes $50 billion in upfront infrastructure investments, paid for with savings from winding down overseas military efforts
    • $40 billion for “fix-it-first”
      • $25 billion for highways
      • $2 billion for cross-border transportation
      • $6 billion for transit state of good repair
      • $2.5 billion for transit formula programs
      • $.5 billion for transit core capacity expansion
      • $2 billion for Amtrak capital investments
      • $2 billion for airports
    • $10 billion for competitive programs to spur innovation
      • $4 billion for Transportation Infrastructure Grants and Financing, for projects across all surface transportation modes that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. Priority given to projects expected to be completed within three years.
      • $2 billion for Transportation Leadership Awards, to incentivize states and regions to pursue innovative strategies
      • $3 billion for new and improved rail service
      • $1 billion for NextGen air traffic control
  • Fully funds MAP-21 programs
    • $1.981 for New Starts
    • $10 million for TOD planning program
  • Reserves funding after MAP-21 expires in 2015 for a 25% increase in the surface transportation program, paid for with savings from winding down overseas military efforts
  • Includes $500 million for National Infrastructure Investment grants (TIGER) separate from the competitive programs in the upfront $50 billion
  • Proposes a five-year, $40 billion National High Performance Rail System Program
    • Supports Amtrak through a new Current Passenger Rail Service Program
      • $2.7 billion in FY14 for capital and operating needs
    • Creates a new Rail Service Improvement Program
      • $3.66 billion in FY14 for new and improved service on passenger corridors, congestion mitigation, and freight capacity improvements
    • Proposes $54.7 million for new Rail Research, Technology, and Development Program
    • Renames the Highway Trust Fund as the Transportation Trust Fund and adds a Rail Account to fund the National High Performance Rail System Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Proposes $75 million for Integrated Planning and Investment Grants, administered by HUD’s new Office of Economic Resilience within the Office of Community Planning and Development. 
    • Grants will “support local and regional public investment plans and implementation efforts that align public and private investments in development and infrastructure to better attract businesses and improve quality of life, modernize zoning and building codes, reduce barriers to achieve affordable and economically vital communities, attract private capital to community revitalization efforts, and sponsor community engagement efforts.” 
    • This amount would support about 30 additional regional and neighborhood planning and implementation grants. 
    • 25% of grant funds would be reserved for small and rural communities and regions.
    • HUD will consult with DOT and “other relevant agencies” in evaluating grant proposals.  The Budget states that “[t]his initiative complements DOT's funding to strengthen state and local infrastructure capacity, EPA's technical assistance, and efforts by other Federal agencies to advance economic development initiatives.”
  • Proposes $400 million for Choice Neighborhoods at HUD (the modern version of the HOPE VI program).  Last year Choice Neighborhoods was funded at $120 million.  This will support 10 implementation grants and 20 planning grants.
  • Proposes $200 million for HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization program

Other Proposals

  • Proposes a $10 billion stand-alone (not within DOT) National Infrastructure Bank for transportation, water, and energy infrastructure projects
  • Proposes America Fast Forward bonds, a package of bond-related proposals intended to attract new private capital into infrastructure investments, including school buildings