Malinowski Prioritizes the Gateway Project in FY 2021 Transportation Budget
(Washington, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed the Transportation - Housing and Urban Development appropriations package, which allocates $107.2 billion for the Department of Transportation (DOT), $19.4 billion above the President’s request. The package, which includes several priorities championed by Representative Tom Malinowski, invests in America’s infrastructure, improves transportation safety, promotes green technology, and will help move the Gateway Project forward.
Since coming to Congress, Representative Malinowski has been a leading voice in championing the Gateway Project. Several provisions in this spending package will help advance the project:
- Includes language prohibiting the Federal Transit Administration from requiring that a project receive a medium or higher rating before the DOT finalizes an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will eliminate one of the excuses that the DOT has used to justify their refusal to issue the EIS on the Hudson River Tunnels, and allow the project to move forward.
- Capital Investment Grants (CIG): $7.2 billion ($2.2 billion in the base bill and $5 billion in emergency funding), base amounts are $197 million over FY 2020. This includes $525 million in the base bill and $1 billion in emergency funding for Core Capacity projects under the CIG program for which the Portal North Bridge project will be eligible upon receiving a Full-Funding Grant Agreement.
- Amtrak: $10.05 billion ($2.05 billion in the base bill and $8 billion in emergency funding). Specifically, it provides $200 million in the base bill and $1 billion in emergency funding for capital projects that increase reliability or expand passenger rail capacity on Amtrak-owned segments of the Northeast Corridor where more than 380 trains traveled per day in fiscal year 2019, which could support any project within the Gateway Program.
- Rail Infrastructure: $5.8 billion ($705 million in the base bill and $5.1 billion in emergency funding) for several Federal Railroad Administration accounts. This includes $3.5 billion in emergency funding for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) projects that contribute to the development, initiation, expansion, or restoration of intercity passenger rail service.
Other highlights from the package include:
- Aviation Safety: $1.5 billion, an increase of $96 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $26 million above the President’s budget request.
- National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER/BUILD): $4 billion ($1 billion in the base bill and $3 billion in emergency funding), with $100 million for planning grants and $300 million for capital projects in areas of persistent poverty.
- Low and no emission buses will receive an additional $125 million for competitive grants. The bill facilitates deployment by continuing support for testing these buses and allowing applicants to partner with non-profits as part of their applications.
- Alternative fuel corridor infrastructure will be an eligible use for $632 million in grants through the Highway Infrastructure Programs. The bill directs the DOT to support states and local agencies in identifying barriers to the installation of such infrastructure.
“This bill pushes forward large scale projects like the Hudson Tunnel and Portal North Bridge while prioritizing sustainable infrastructure and transportation safety,“ said Representative Malinowski. “I am proud to have worked with House leadership to build a funding package that will repair and replace the aging infrastructure that has troubled New Jersey commuters for decades.”