Transportation Committee

Committee Chair:

Stephen Silviera, Senior Vice President, ML Strategies

NEC Staff liaisons:

Peter Phipps,

Recent Email Updates:

December 4, 2015- 5-Year Surface Transportation Bill Passes; Set to Become Law

December 1, 2015- 5-Year Surface Transportation Conference Report Filed

October 27, 2015- House Passes Temporary Surface Transportation Bill and PTC Deadline Extension

October 16, 2015- House Committee Presents 6-Year Surface Transportation Bill

September 29, 2015- Congress Passes Short-Term FAA Patch

August 10, 2015- Boston Fed Issues Surface Transportation Funding Report

July 21, 2015- Senate Introduces 6-Year Surface Transportation Bill

July 15, 2015- House Passes Highway Programs Extension Bill

July 14, 2015- Secretary Foxx to State Transportation Leaders: Highway Funding Impacts to Begin August 1st

June 24, 2015- Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Long-Term Highway Bill

May 13, 2015- Conference Call with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

March 6, 2015- CBO Report on Public Spending for Transportation and Water Infrastructure 1956-2014

March 5, 2015- Committee Meeting March 26th with Key Transportation Staff

February 13, 2015- Conference Call Notes

February 2, 2015- Conference Call Reminder

January 27, 2015 – Committee Conference Call

November 7, 2014 – Influential Think-Tank Brookings Releases Goods-Trade Report

October 17, 2014 – GAO Looks at Better Tracking of Highway Trust Fund Project-Spending

September 26, 2014 – Department of Transportation Inspector General Announces New Audit and Audit Results on NextGen Air Traffic Control System

September 25, 2014 – Reports Issued Addressing Infrastructure and Transportation Funding and Focus

September 18, 2014 – House Committee Passes Amtrak Reauthorization Bill

September 17, 2014 – House Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Panel Releases Report

(P3 Panel Report)

August 5, 2014 – Senator Introduces NHTSA Reauthorization Bill

July 30, 2014 – Senate Passes Highway Trust Fund Fix – Bill Returns to the House

July 17, 2014 – President Obama Outlines Infrastructure Initiative

June 13, 2014 – The Highway Trust Fund and the Treatment of Surface Transportation Programs in the Federal Budget

May 22, 2014 – Senate Passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Conference Report – Now Goes to White House

May 20, 2014 – House Passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Conference Report

May 13, 2014 – Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Releases New 6-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

April 30, 3014 – Obama Administration Unveils Surface Transportation Bill

April 2, 2014 – Summary of NEC Transportation Committee Meeting In Washington, D.C.

March 6, 2014 – Notes from Transportation Committee Conference Call

February 2, 2014 – Senator Boxer Proclaims Action on Highway Bill to Occur in April; Seeks Finance Committee Input

August 7, 2013- U.S. Railroad Agency Issues Emergency Order on Freight Rail Safety

July 17, 2013 – Brookings Forum on Infrastructure Investment

April 11, 2013 – President Obama’s 2014 Budget Proposal: Department of Transportation

September 24, 2012 – Senate Hearing on Water Resources Development Act

July 18, 2012 – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) – Overview

March 9, 2012 – Surface Transportation Bill Update

March 6, 2012 – Rep. Guinta Updates NEC on Surface Transportation Bill

February 1, 2012 – House Surface Transportation Bill Unveiled

January 12, 2012 – CBO Highway Construction Study Released

November 28, 2011 – Summary of FY2012 “Mini-Bus” Appropriations Measures

November 3, 2011 – Summary of Committee Meeting with Rep. Frank Guinta

September 27, 2011 – New Report on Traffic Congestion in U.S. Urban Areas

Recent Committee Work

Highway Bill Reauthorization

MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was signed into law by President Obama in July 2012, funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014.  With MAP-21 due to expire at the end of September 2014, the Council urged Congressional leaders to reauthorize what is commonly known as the “Highway Bill” on a longer-term basis.  In a letter to the leaders of the key committees and subcommittees working on reauthorization, the Council stressed the importance of a longer term funding measure, noting the potential for job creation and economic stability and growth.  In late March and early April 2014, letters were sent to:

  • Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA)
  • Senate Subcommittee on Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV)
  • House Subcommittee on Highways & Transit Chairman Thomas Petri (R-WI) and Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Copies of the letters were also sent to all members of the New England Congressional Delegation.


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