The House and Senate have passed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (H.R. 4281), a three-month extension of the surface transportation programs. The spending authority for Highway Trust Fund programs would have expired March 31 without the extension, potentially halting road and transit projects throughout the country. Congress has had difficulty agreeing to a longer term extension of the programs.
This week, the House is expected to consider a six month extension of the surface transportation law. The surface transportation law authorizes highway and transit programs and is due to expire at the end of the month. The short extension will give Congress additional time to work out differences on a multi-year bill. In addition to federal funding for transit programs, the current law funds a few disability specific programs to improve access to transportation for people with disabilities.