June 23, 2022
(Washington, D.C.) – On June 22, the House Appropriations Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee released its draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations package for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Of note, the package provides meaningful increases for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair to support passenger rail along the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
Provisions Impacting the NEC
· Federal Railroad Administration - $2.8 billion, + $501 million from FY 2022
o Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair - $555 million, +455 million from FY 2022
“CNEC members applaud THUD Appropriators for increasing funding for programs that address bottlenecks and ultimately enhance passenger rail safety along the Corridor,” said Mike Friedberg, CNEC Executive Director. “Increases for FRA and the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair will assist stakeholders along the NEC in tackling the backlog of projects that need federal support. Currently, the Northeast Corridor Commissions estimates that more than 100 projects along the Corridor desperately need federal backing. These investments, in addition to the $30 billion provided for the Corridor through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will reduce highway congestion, shorten commute times, create important employment opportunities, bolster regional economies, and provide consumers with an affordable, low-carbon transportation option that is in line with the administration’s climate goals. We look forward to working with House and Senate THUD appropriators to get this FY 2023 spending package to President Biden’s desk for his signature.”
CNEC is the business community's voice for strengthening rail infrastructure in order to reduce congestion, create jobs and grow the economy. We represent diverse stakeholders who rely on the Corridor to conduct commerce, access customers, and transport employees.