Dems Round Up FY 2009 with Omnibus Appropriations Act

House and Senate to consider bill that wraps up funding needs for fiscal 2009

With Barack Obama addressing Congress tonight and the work on the budget for FY 2010 beginning on Thursday, House and Senate Democrats have released the draft bill that will account for the last of the remaining federal funding “omnibus” appropriations for fiscal 2009, which doesn’t end until July.

The bill provides the following changes from the budget requested by President Bush a year ago:

Program FY 2008 Enacted Bush ’09 Request Omnibus ’09 Bill
Highways $40.2 B $39.4 B $40.7 B
State Rail Assistance $30 M $100 M $90 M
Amtrak $1.33 B $0.9 B $1.49 B
FTA $9.3 B $10.1 B $10.1 B
» Capital Projects
$1.57 B $1.62 B $1.81 B

The bill also includes a line referring to Amtrak, pointing out that beginning in FY 2010, the agency will submit its budget to the federal government just as do other federal agencies. This will ensure that future funding of Amtrak – which was repeatedly put on the brink by the Bush Administration – will be based on the corporation’s actual needs, rather than a political figure’s posturing.

The overall Omnibus bill only represents a $20 billion increase over the appropriations bill originally passed last year, so it doesn’t have many huge surprises on the transportation front. What it does do, however, is clarify all of the recipients of federal aid and point out earmarks that we may have missed. I’ve compiled a list of all specific appropriations to transit or rail in the bill over $950,000. This list includes New Start and Small Start projects, as well as earmarks. I’ve done my best to label the appropriations appropriately (they’re not made explicitly clear in the bill itself).

Keep in mind that this is the draft bill – changes could occur before the bill becomes law. (For instance, some Congressmen may choose to add a few earmarks to their special local projects…)

I apologize in advance for the massive list that follows.

FRA

  • $3.8 million to Grand Rapids Amtrak railroad relocation
  • $2.3 million to Southeast High Speed Rail
  • $1.9 million to Chicago Passenger Rail Corridor CREATE
  • $1.9 million to San Francisco Transbay Terminal
  • $1.2 million to San Gabriel trench grade separation project, Alameda Corridor
  • $1 million to Sacramento Terminal Facility
  • $1 million to Redwood Falls, MN Rail Rehabilitation
  • $1 million to Salem, NJ Short Line Rail Rehabilitation

FTA

  • $277.7 million to New York Second Avenue Subway, NY NEW START
  • $209.6 million to LIRR East Side Access, NY NEW START
  • $100 million to Seattle University Link LRT, WA NEW START
  • $91.8 million to Phoenix Central LRT, AZ NEW START
  • $88 million to Dallas Northwest/Southeast LRT, TX NEW START
  • $81.6 million to Salt Lake City Commuter Rail, UT NEW START
  • $81.6 million to Portland South Corridor LRT, OR NEW START
  • $81.6 million to Los Angeles Gold Line Extension, CA NEW START
  • $71.2 million to Northstar Rail, MN NEW START
  • $60 million to Denver West LRT, CO NEW START
  • $53.6 million to Norfolk LRT, VA NEW START
  • $48 million to TransHudson Corridor, NJ/NY EARMARK
  • $45 million to Riverside Perris Valley Rail, CA SMALL START
  • $45 million to Portland Streetcar Loop, OR SMALL START
  • $34.7 million to Largo Metro Extension, MD NEW START
  • $30.5 million to Chicago Brown Line, IL FIXED GUIDEWAY IMPROVEMENTS
  • $30 million to Fitchburg, MA Commuter Rail  SMALL START
  • $29.1 million to Dulles Metro, VA EARMARK
  • $26 million to Seattle Central Link, WA NEW START
  • $24 million to Chicago Metra, IL FIXED GUIDEWAY IMPROVEMENTS
  • $20.5 million to Charlotte LRT Extension, NC EARMARK
  • $20 million to Miami Metro Orange Line Extension, FL EARMARK
  • $20 million to Minneapolis Central Corridor LRT, MN EARMARK
  • $20 million to Honolulu LRT, HI EARMARK
  • $19.5 million to San Diego Mid-City BRT, CA SMALL START
  • $15 million to Houston Metro Solutions, TX EARMARK
  • $13 million to Orlando Commuter Rail, FL EARMARK
  • $13 million to MARC Improvements, MD EARMARK
  • $11.2 million to Ft. Collins BRT, CO SMALL START
  • $11 million to Bellevue-Redmond BRT, WA SMALL START
  • $10.4 million to West Virginia Buses EARMARK
  • $10 million to San Francisco Central Subway, CA EARMARK
  • $9.9 million to Los Angeles Wilshire BRT, CA SMALL START
  • $8 million to Livermore, CA BRT SMALL START
  • $8 million to Orlando Downtown Circulator, FL EARMARK
  • $7.7 million to I-69 HOV/BRT, MS EARMARK
  • $7 million to South Sacramento LRT, CA EARMARK
  • $6 million to Chicago Circle Line, IL EARMARK
  • $5.6 million to Flagstaff BRT, AZ SMALL START
  • $5 million to VRE Commuter Rail, VA EARMARK
  • $5 million to Northern Indiana Rail EARMARK
  • $4.8 million to Idaho Transit Buses EARMARK
  • $4.8 million to Downstate IL Buses EARMARK
  • $4.8 million to Salt Lake City Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $4 million to AC Transit BRT, CA EARMARK
  • $3.9 million to Suburban Detroit, MI Buses EARMARK
  • $3.8 million to St. Louis, MO Buses EARMARK
  • $3.8 million to Iowa Buses EARMARK
  • $3.8 million to Wisconsin Buses EARMARK
  • $3.7 million to Stamford Transitway, CT EARMARK
  • $3.5 million to Phoenix-Tucson Rail Study, AZ EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Bridgeport, CT Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Addison County, VT Buses EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Lafayette, IN Buses EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Greater MN Transit EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Harrison County, MS Transit EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Orlando, FL Buses EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Lexington, KY Buses EARMARK
  • $2.9 million to Queen Street Station, PA EARMARK
  • $2.6 million to Anaheim, CA Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $2.6 million to Austin, TX Paratransit Buses EARMARK
  • $2.4 million to Raleigh, NC Transit Operations and Buses EARMARK
  • $2.4 million to Paducah, KY Transit EARMARK
  • $2.4 million to Pierce Transit, WA EARMARK
  • $2.2 million to Hillsborough, FL Transit EARMARK
  • $2.2 million to Intercity Transit Intermodal Center, WA EARMARK
  • $2.1 million to Detroit, MI Buses and Fareboxes EARMARK
  • $2 million to Tucson Modern Streetcar, AZ EARMARK
  • $2 million to Rosslyn Metro Station, VA EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Bloomfield, NJ Intermodal Improvements EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Fort Wright, KY Buses EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Missouri Buses EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Lansing, MI Buses EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Maryland Buses EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Greenfield, MA Transit EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to West of Hudson, NY Transit EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to New Hampshire Rail Corridor EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to North Dakota Transit EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Hawaii Rural Buses EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Whatcom, WA Buses EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Hillsboro, OR Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $1.9 million to Leominster, MA Commuter Station Parking EARMARK
  • $1.8 million to Ben Franklin Transit Facility, WA EARMARK
  • $1.7 million to BuSolutions Transit Research, MI EARMARK TO NON-TRANSIT COMPANY
  • $1.5 million to St. Johns County, FL Buses EARMARK
  • $1.5 million to Murray, KY Route System EARMARK
  • $1.5 million to Community Transportation Association of America EARMARK TO NON-TRANSIT COMPANY
  • $1.5 million to Wyandotte County BRT, KS EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to Ft. Worth, TX Buses EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to Bus Stations near Sanford, FL EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to Enumciaw, WA Welcome Center and Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to ETHRA Vehicles, TN EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to Nevada Transit EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to Toledo, OH Buses EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to Birmingham, AL Buses EARMARK
  • $1.4 million to River Valley, PA Buses EARMARK
  • $1.3 million to Athens-Clarke County Transit Buses EARMARK
  • $1.3 million to Jacksonville BRT, FL EARMARK
  • $1.3 million to Atlanta, GA Buses EARMARK
  • $1.3 million to Wickford Commuter Rail, RI EARMARK
  • $1.3 million to Oklahoma City, OK Buses EARMARK
  • $1.3 million to Pullman, WA Transit EARMARK
  • $1.2 million to Tacoma, WA Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $1.2 million to Foothill Transit, CA EARMARK
  • $1.2 million to Hampton Roads, VA Buses EARMARK
  • $1.1 million to Hudson-Bergen LRT, NJ NEW START
  • $1.1 million to Coast Transit AA, MS EARMARK
  • $1.1 million to Greensboro, NC Transit EARMARK
  • $1 million to Baldwin County, AL Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Denver Southeast Corridor LRT, CO NEW START
  • $1 million to Alabama Senior Transportation EARMARK
  • $1 million to Winter Park, FL Amtrak Station EARMARK
  • $1 million to Bryan, TX Transit Terminal EARMARK
  • $1 million to Lawrence, KS Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Westmoreland County Transit, PA EARMARK
  • $1 million to Albuquerque, NM Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Fall River, MA Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Minneapolis, MN Cedar Avenue BRT EARMARK
  • $1 million to Central City, NV Intermodal Terminal EARMARK
  • $1 million to Central New York Regional Transportation Authority EARMARK
  • $1 million to Dallas Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Las Lunes, NM Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $1 million to Frankford, TN Transit EARMARK
  • $1 million to Glen Cove, NY Parking Hub EARMARK
  • $1 million to Dayton, OH Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Houston Texas Medical Center Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Kalamazoo, MI Transit Facility EARMARK
  • $1 million to Lakewood, NJ Multimodal Facility EARMARK
  • $1 million to Laredo, TX Bus Facility EARMARK
  • $1 million to Key West, FL Bus Facility EARMARK
  • $1 million to Morristown, NJ Commuter Rail Improvements EARMARK
  • $1 million to Riverside and Corona, CA Transit Centers EARMARK
  • $1 million to Niagara Falls, NY Transit EARMARK
  • $1 million to Santee Wateree, SC Intermodal Center EARMARK
  • $1 million to Phoenix, AZ Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Southern Maryland Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Arkansas Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Rhode Island Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Townsend, TN Bus Station EARMARK
  • $1 million to Revere, MA Buses EARMARK
  • $1 million to Atlanta, GA I-20 BRT EARMARK
  • $1 million to Northwest NJ/Northeast PA Passenger Rail EARMARK
  • $1 million to Sarasota, FL BRT EARMARK
  • $1 million to Missouri Transportation Institute EARMARK
  • $1 million to Potomac Yard-Crystal City BRT, VA EARMARK
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