House Passes Transportation Bill

HOUSE PASSES TEA-LU

On March 10, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA LU), by a vote of 417-9. The bill increases funding for the National Scenic Byways Program from TEA-21 levels to $30, $40, $45, $55 (two years) and $60 million over the same time period. The legislation also authorizes funding – $3.5 million annually – for the America’s Byways Resource Center to provide technical support and conduct educational activities for local officials and organizations associated with National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. The action now moves to the Senate where the Committee on Environment and Public Works began its consideration of the bill on March 16th.