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President Biden Releases FY22 Discretionary Budget Proposal

Last week President Biden released his fiscal year (FY) 2022 Discretionary Budget request, outlining his Administration’s priorities for the next fiscal year’s budget, including $1.52 trillion of discretionary spending for FY22, including $25.6 of discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to APTA, this is a $317 million (or 1.3-percent) increase over FY21 enacted funding.

The President’s Discretionary Budget includes several key public transportation and passenger rail initiatives, including:

  • $2.5 billion for Capital Investment Grants, a 23-percent increase from the FY 2021 enacted level;
  • $250 million for grants for transit agencies to purchase low- and no-emission buses. This funding, combined with the assumed $55 million of contract authority of the FAST Act, would provide $305 million for the Low or No Emission Grant Program, a 69-percent increase from the FY 2021 enacted level;
  • $110 million for a new Thriving Communities Initiative Pilot. Designed as a “down payment” on transportation equity, this program aims to “improve access to destinations and foster community vibrancy.”; and

Passenger Rail

  • $2.7 billion for Amtrak, a 35-percent increase from the FY 2021 enacted level, to provide improvements and expansion on the Northeast Corridor and throughout the Nation’s passenger rail network; and
  • $625 million for a new passenger rail competitive grant program to invest in passenger rail.

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