Tuesday, March 17, 2009

U.S. Transportation Dept. Releases Budget Framework

The Department of Transportation unveiled the framework of its proposed fiscal year 2010 budget. The budget proposal provides a broad framework for funding surface transportation, public transit, high speed rail and modernizing the air traffic control system.

The administration has proposed a five-year $5 billion high-speed rail state grant program. This funding will build on the $8 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

It provides approximately $800 million for the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a long-term effort to improve the efficiency, safety, and capacity of the air traffic control system. The 2010 budget supports moving from a ground-based radar surveillance system to a more accurate satellite-based surveillance system, development of more efficient routes through the airspace, and improvements in aviation weather information. The budget provides a $55 million increase over the Department’s 2009 level to fulfill current program requirements as demand for subsidized commercial air service increases.

You can find more information on the president’s budget proposal here.

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