We have a little over a month left until September 30, 2021—when the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act expires.
Yesterday, the House voted 220-212 to begin the process of drafting the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill with the goal of finishing by September 15, 2021. Additionally, the House agreed to vote on the Senate’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by September 27, 2021.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee intends to markup their $60 billion portion of the broader reconciliation bill the week of September 12, 2021. Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has indicated that he is exploring how to include member-designated projects (earmarks) that were previously included in the INVEST Act into the reconciliation bill.
While we have a clearer indication of when the next major votes will occur, the political situation is still delicate. Infrastructure LA will continue to monitor negotiations and update you on latest developments.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is hosting its first of two workshops on September 1, 2021 to develop guidelines for the Clean California Local Grant Program.
The two-year Clean California Local Grant Program includes approximately $296 million for communities to beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers to restore pride in public spaces.