Highway Trust Fund and Federal Transit Administration Could See Potential Budget Cuts From Sequestration


Highway Trust Fund and Federal Transit Administration Could See Potential Budget Cuts From Sequestration

With sequestration cuts slow to come about, many are speculating where and how budget cuts may be made. Transportation is one of the main areas where cuts are expected to be made.

Currently, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), including the Mass Transit Account (MTA), are exempt from cuts under sequestration, so formula funding to transit agencies should not be impacted.

Several programs that can be effected by sequestration cuts are the General Fund transfers to the Highway Trust Fund, as well as to programs funded from the General Fund, such as New Starts, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operations, FTA Research, and even the recently enacted emergency relief funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery are subject to sequestration cuts.

Below is a table to reflect how the expected sequestration cuts will impact programs:

The table was provided by APTA (American Public Transportation Association). Figures are in millions.

How devastating would sequestration cuts be to our already struggling federal transportation budget? Let us know your thoughts and leave your comment below. 

Amtrak Trainimage credit: Gene Bowker on flickr


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