Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak appropriations’

Amtrak Seeking $1.7B in FY 2019

February 26, 2018

Amtrak is seeking $1.7 billion in federal funding for fiscal year 2019, which is considerably more than the Trump Administration has proposed that it receive.

The passenger carrier’s budget request is similar to what Congress authorized for it in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015.

The funding request includes a long list of proposed capital improvement needs, including $6.272 billion for the proposed new Hudson River tunnels, and seeks changes to federal law that the carrier said will improve its cost recovery and operations.

The administration has proposed slashing Amtrak funding by almost two-thirds, from $1.5 billion to $538 million.

Amtrak usually does not receive all of what it requests from Congress. Due to the inability of lawmakers to approve an appropriations bill, Amtrak’s current funding is based on its fiscal year 2017 allocation because FY 2018 spending has been handled in a series of continuing resolutions. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

The Fiscal Year 2019 General and Legislative Annual Report to Congress projects that Amtrak’s funding needs will increase to $2.1 billion by fiscal 2023.

Northeast Corridor funding will rise from $543 million in FY 2018 to $966 million in 2023. The National Network, which includes long-distance and state-supported corridor trains, is expected to see its funding needs drop from $1.157 million to $1.134 million.

Amtrak Expected to Receive $1.4B in FY 2014

December 16, 2013

Amtrak is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2014 under a two-year appropriations bill that was adopted by the House of Representatives last week.

The bill now goes to the Senate where passage is considered likely despite some vocal opposition by conservative Republicans and some Democrats.

Appropriations committees will soon decide how much Amtrak and other programs will get for the current fiscal year.

Amtrak’s appropriation is expected to be a slight increase over the $1.3 billion that is received in fiscal year 2013.