Congress is expected to vote this week on a stopgap appropriations measure known as a "continuing resolution" (or "CR") to keep the government funded through mid-December. Although this will avoid a government shutdown, it will effectively freeze state and local transportation authorities' funding levels, denying them -- until at least December -- increases they had been anticipating.
Specifically, under the highway bill Congress passed last year known as the FAST Act
federal highway and transit programs were scheduled to receive a $1.4 billion increase in fiscal year 2017 over fiscal year 2016 levels. Because "continuing resolutions" simply continue
current programs at their current levels, the higher levels called for in the FAST Act wouldn't take effect.
Instead, state transportation agencies would receive funding at current levels until Congress passes a full fiscal year 2017 transportation spending bill, which will happen no earlier than December.
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