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H.R. 2750 (103rd): Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1994

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: Title I: Department of Transportation Title II: Related Agencies Title III: General Provisions Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1994 - Title I: Department of Transportation - Makes appropriations for FY 1994 for: (1) the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, including necessary legal expenses for the five former employees of the White House Travel Office who were placed on paid administrative leave; (2) the Coast Guard; (3) the Federal Aviation Administration; (4) the Federal Highway Administration; (5) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including expenses with respect to traffic and highway safety under the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act; (6) the Federal Railroad Administration; (7) the Federal Transit Administration; (8) the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; (9) Research and Special Programs Administration; and (10) the Office of the Inspector General. Prohibits the use of funds for air service to communities that are located fewer than 70 miles from the nearest large or medium hub airport, or that require a rate of subsidy per airline passenger in excess of $200 (unless such point is greater than 210 miles from such airport). Requires the Commandant of the Coast Guard to reduce both military and civilian employment levels to comply with Executive Order No. 12839. Requires funds received from the sale of the VC-11A aircraft to be credited to the Coast Guard's appropriation to purchase new aircraft and increase aviation capacity. Prohibits the use of funds for pay raises or bonuses for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees whose responsibilities include noise abatement, aircraft route design, and management of the environmental impact statement until the report on such statement is issued. Title II: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 1994 for: (1) the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; (2) the National Transportation Safety Board; (3) the Interstate Commerce Commission; (4) the Panama Canal Commission; (5) the Department of the Treasury; and (6) the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Title III: General Provisions - Sets forth specified prohibitions, limitations, permissions, and mandates with respect to the use of appropriations under this Act. (Sec. 308) Prohibits the use of funds for the planning or implementation of any change in the current Federal status of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center or the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to plan for further development of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and for other compatible uses of its real property, provided such planning does not alter the Federal status of its research and development. (Sec. 310) Requires the Secretary to distribute, on a ratio-formulated basis, Federal-aid highway State obligation limitations for FY 1994 for Federal-aid highways. Prohibits a State from obligating more than 25 percent of its allocation for such projects during the first three months of FY 1994. Sets forth additional specified obligation limits for States during FY 1994. Limits amounts for the National Commission on International Transportation. Requires the Secretary to withhold from initial distribution the FY 1994 Federal-aid highways obligation limitation set aside for Interstate Construction Discretionary projects. Directs the Secretary to distribute only after August 1, 1994, such withheld obligation limitation to those States receiving Interstate Discretionary allocations. (Sec. 311) Limits funds available for salaries and expenses to no more than 110 political and presidential appointees in the Department of Transportation. Prohibits the assignment of such personnel on temporary detail outside of the Department. (Sec. 314) Prohibits the use of funds for the construction of the Central Automated Transit System (Downtown People Mover) in Detroit, Michigan. (Sec. 318) Prohibits the use of funds to establish a vessel traffic safety fairway less than five miles wide between the Santa Barbara Traffic Separation Scheme and the San Francisco Traffic Separation Scheme. (Sec. 319) Authorizes airports to transfer to the (FAA) instrument landing systems which were purchased through a Federal airport aid or development program and which conform to FAA performance specifications. (Sec. 320) Prohibits the use of funds by the FAA for a new National Weather Graphics System. (Sec. 321) Prohibits the use of funds to award multiyear contracts for production end items that include: (1) economic order quantity or long lead time material procurement in excess of $10 million in any one year of the contract; (2) a cancellation charge greater than $10 million which at the time of obligation has not been appropriated to the limits of the Government's liability; or (3) a requirement that permits performance under the contract during the second and subsequent years of such contract without conditioning such performance on the appropriation of funds. (Sec. 323) Prohibits the use of funds for any changes in the current Federal status of the FAA's flight service stations at Red Bluff Airport, Red Bluff, California, and Tri-City Airport, Bristol, Tennessee. (Sec. 330) Prohibits the use of funds for the construction of an additional air carrier runway at Tulsa International Airport. (Sec. 331) Prohibits the use of funds to place speed limit or distance signs using the metric system on any State highway. (Sec. 332) Requires all entities expending funds pursuant to this Act to comply with the Buy American Act. (Sec. 334) Requires tolls collected from motor vehicles on any bridge connecting the boroughs of Brooklyn, New York, and Staten Island, New York, to continue to be collected for only those vehicles exiting from such bridge in Staten Island. (Sec. 335) Prohibits the use of funds for remote radar coverage from the Roswell, New Mexico, airport unless the FAA shows a significant cost savings by remote radar coverage based upon a cost study. (Sec. 336) Requires monies previously appropriated for the Chattanooga fixed rail project out of the "New Construction" account to be made available for the Chattanooga electric vehicle project through the "Bus and Bus Facilities" account. (Sec. 337) Authorizes funds previously appropriated for Project Breakeven, Portland, Oregon, to be expended on the Westside Light Rail Project in the Portland metropolitan region. (Sec. 338) Requires the Administrator of the FAA to install seven standard FAA redundant configuration NEXRAD radar systems in specified areas of Alaska. (Sec. 339) Requires the Secretary to permit the obligation of specified funds to: (1) Florida for operating expenses of the Tri-County Commuter Rail project during each year that Interstate 95 is under construction; and (2) North Carolina for capital improvements for the Rail Impact project in the Interstate 40/85 corridor from Raleigh to Charlotte, North Carolina, during its reconstruction. (Sec. 340) Prohibits the use of funds for closing or reducing services of any flight service station in Alaska until more than 90 days after the Secretary has reported to the Congress on the effects on safety of the FAA flight service station closing and reduction in services plan being carried out just before enactment of this Act. (Sec. 341) Requires the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) to initiate a new State-supported service where any State or local interest can demonstrate that it can cover any potential operating losses including the cost of equipment depreciation, or that AMTRAK will not incur or absorb any part of such losses. Conditions such service initiation on the availability of equipment.