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H.R.2971 - Lincoln Legacy Infrastructure Development Act
To amend titles 23, 45, and 49, United States Code, to encourage the use of private-public partnerships in transportation.
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Mr. HULTGREN introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials estimates current highway, bridge, public transit, and freight and passenger rail funding needs are approximately $225,000,000,000 to $340,000,000,000 per year through 2055, while current spending is less than $90,000,000,000 per year;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) according to the organization known as Transportation for America, 69,223 bridges, or 11.5 percent of all highway bridges in the United States, are considered structurally deficient;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) according to the Congressional Research Service, for fiscal year 2010, the Highway Trust Fund, the primary funding source for highways and transit, received approximately $35,000,000,000 in revenue but spent approximately $50,000,000,000;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Congress transferred $34,500,000,000 in general revenue to the Highway Trust Fund during the period of fiscal years 2008 to 2010 to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) the United States Chamber of Commerce estimates that further deterioration of transportation networks could result in as much as $336,000,000,000 in lost growth during the 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS.
‘(B) the priority accorded licensed blind vendors by paragraph (1) shall not be otherwise limited or diminished as a result of the implementation of the Lincoln Legacy Infrastructure Development Act.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Toll Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, and Ferries-
‘(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B) and in other provisions of this section, not fewer than 2 occupants per vehicle may be required for use of a HOV facility.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) CONGESTION- In any case in which a State determines that a HOV facility is a degraded facility (as described in subsection (d)(2)(B)) or that the average speed of traffic on a HOV facility slows to less than the minimum average operating speed (as defined in subsection (d)(2)(A)), the State shall require not fewer than 3 occupants per vehicle for use of the HOV facility.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) VALUE PRICING PILOT PROGRAM- Section 1012(b)(1) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (
(2) INTERSTATE SYSTEM RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION PILOT PROGRAM- Section 1216(b)(2) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (
SEC. 4. INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE.
SEC. 5. RAILROAD REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING PROGRAM.
‘(E) carry out development phase activities, including planning, feasibility analysis, revenue forecasting, environmental review, permitting, preliminary engineering and design work, and other preconstruction activities.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Credit Risk Requirements-
(c) Biannual Report- Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 6 months thereafter, the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration shall submit a report to Congress that describes--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.
(2) the term ‘covered HOT lane facility’ means any high occupancy/toll lane facility used by a bus service operated by a public transportation agency, without regard to whether the high occupancy/toll lane facility was converted from a high occupancy vehicle facility;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) PROGRAM ESTABLISHED- The Administrator shall establish a 6-year public-private partnership experimental program to encourage eligible recipients to carry out tests and experimentation in the project development process that are designed to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) except as provided in paragraph (5), identify any provisions of chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, and any regulations or practices thereunder, that impede greater use of public-private partnerships and private investment in covered projects; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) address the impediments described in subparagraph (A), in a manner similar to the Special Experimental Project Number 15 of the Federal Highway Administration (commonly referred to as ‘SEP-15’); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) REPORT- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter until the termination of the experimental program, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report on the status of the experimental program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of apportioning funding under sections 5307 and 5309 of title 49, United States Code, the Administrator shall deem covered HOT lane facility miles in an area to be fixed guideway miles attributable to the area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) AMOUNT APPORTIONED NOT AFFECTED- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may not apportion an amount for an urbanized area under section 5307 or 5309 of title 49, United States Code, for fiscal year 2012, or any fiscal year thereafter, that is less than the amount apportioned for the urbanized area under section 5307 or 5309, respectively, for fiscal year 2011, if the reduction in amount is solely attributable to the requirement under paragraph (1).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS- There shall be available from the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust fund for fiscal year 2012, and each fiscal year thereafter, such sums as are necessary to carry out this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. REMOVAL OF CAP ON EXEMPT FACILITY BONDS USED TO FINANCE QUALIFIED HIGHWAY OR SURFACE FREIGHT TRANSFER FACILITIES.
SEC. 8. REDUCTION IN ANNUAL ADJUSTMENTS TO PAY SCHEDULES FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FOR FISCAL YEARS 2013 THROUGH 2021.
For each of fiscal years 2013 through 2021,
SEC. 9. FUNDING.
Of the Federal funds saved for the period of fiscal years 2013 through 2021 as a result of the application of section 9 of this Act and subsections (b) and (c) of section 147 of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (