The Regional Transit Authority will receive $2 million in additional funding to help cover administrative costs. SB 608 will appropriate these much needed funds to the RTA which will help cover the cost of staff and other related administrative expenses as they work towards creating a bus rapid transit system in Southeast Michigan.
The success if the RTA is vital to the region and this state and the League will continue to support efforts that will further enhance the transportation options in Michigan.
This bill has not yet been voted out of committee and will receive another hearing this Thursday, February 20th at 9 a.m.
John LaMacchia is a Legislative Associate for the League handling transportation and infrastructure issues. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-908-0303.
This morning the Senate Appropriations Committee added an amendment to SB 608 that would put an extra $100 million into this year’s budget to help road agencies across this state cover excess snow removal costs that have accumulated this winter.
The $100 million will be divvied up through the state’s normal road funding formula with $39.1 million to the state transportation budget, $39.1 million to counties and $21.8 million to municipalities. We are also hopeful that most of the $39.1-million state share will flow back to counties and municipalities that contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for winter maintenance on state trunk-line routes within their boundaries.
This bill has not yet been voted out of committee and will receive another hearing this Thursday, February 20th at 9 a.m. The League is committed to finding ways to support local governments hit hard by this years winter weather and we will continue to offer our efforts to support that any additional funds that may be appropriated to our communities. Additional details can be found in this Detroit Free Press article.
John LaMacchia is a Legislative Associate with the League handling Transportation and infrastructure issues. He can be reached at email@example.com or 517-908-0303.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Eastern Federal Lands (EFL) Division will be accepting applications for Federal Lands Access Program funding via electronic submittal through October 4, 2013.
Projects eligible for FLAP funding include transportation facilities such as public highway, road, bridge, trail, or transit system that is located on, adjacent to, or provides access to Federal lands for which title or maintenance responsibility is vested in a State, county, town, township, municipal, or local government.
For further information on how to apply please see the following letter sent to the League by MDOT. Call for Projects FLAP Program
John LaMacchia is a Legislative Associate for the League handling Transportation issues. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-908-0303.