House Version of Transportation Bill Ready by June 1

Despite widespread skepticism inside the beltway, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar believes the House version of the transportation reauthorization bill is on track to meet legislative deadlines.

Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said April 24 that he intended to stick to a timetable that will put a new surface transportation bill before the House by June 1, and get the bill passed by Congress by Sept. 30.

Oberstar also said he did not expect that the Highway Trust Fund will require another infusion of money from the government’s general fund before a new highway spending plan has been passed.

The comments came at a press conference releasing the Bottom Line Report 2009, detailing transportation spending priorities by state highway and public transit officials.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.