TEA-21 IMPACTS OF DELAY: $2.1 BILLION IN PROJECTS DELAYED, 90,000 JOBS LOST

On September 30, 2003, the current authorizations for highway and transit programs under TEA-21 expire. Before that date, legislation is needed to deal with the impacts of a provision in TEA-21's revenue title which closes off all Federal highway, highway safety, and transit spending after the expiration date. Moreover, it appears highly probable that Congress will need up to six additional months to reach consensus on a six-year reauthorization bill. Therefore, while undesirable, an extension of up to six months may be necessary, but will come at a cost of delayed projects and lost jobs. Enactment of a two-year bill would reverse Congress' practice of enacting six-year bills, which enables the States to plan and deliver long-term transportation improvements. During August, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) asked the State transportation agencies to evaluate the effects of an extension. The impacts as described by 45 States are presented in this report. In almost all their responses, the States have assumed that Congress will, at a minimum, continue at least current levels of highway and transit funding, however long it takes to enact a multi-year reauthorization bill. While an extension may be unavoidable, AASHTO's highest priority remains enactment of a well-funded, six-year highway and transit reauthorization bill.

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  • Pagination: 83 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00962877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2003 12:00AM