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S. 1607 (115th): Federal Highway Aid Performance-Based Improvement Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 20, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1607

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 20, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To establish a pilot program to transform the Federal-aid highway program to a performance- and outcome-based program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Highway Aid Performance-Based Improvement Act of 2017.

2.

Pilot program

(a)

In general

Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

171.

Consolidated funding pilot program

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall carry out a consolidated funding pilot program (referred to in this section as the program) in 3 States, as selected by the Secretary, that are eligible under subsection (c)—

(1)

to transform the Federal-aid highway program to a performance- and outcome-based program that refocuses investment of resources on transportation projects that make progress toward the achievement of the national goals described in paragraphs (1) through (7) of section 150(b); and

(2)

to continue advancements made under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Public Law 112–141; 126 Stat. 405) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (Public Law 114–94; 129 Stat. 1312) to streamline program categories by demonstrating how additional flexibility would enable States to make investment decisions that better achieve State and national goals while advancing accountability and transparency of the Federal-aid highway program.

(b)

Implementation

(1)

In general

In carrying out the program, of those funds apportioned to a participating eligible State and after suballocations, set-asides, and pass-throughs made within each State to entities other than the transportation department of the State (including a metropolitan planning organization and a regional transportation planning organization), the Secretary shall treat the apportionments remaining with the State transportation department under the individual apportionment programs described in section 104 as a single, consolidated apportionment.

(2)

Eligible activities

Activities eligible under the program shall include all activities eligible for the individual apportionment programs described in section 104.

(c)

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the program—

(1)

a State selected by the Secretary under subsection (a) shall—

(A)

demonstrate that well-established performance management systems are in place in the State for the national goals for—

(i)

safety described in section 150(b)(1); and

(ii)

infrastructure condition described in section 150(b)(2);

(B)

demonstrate that the performance management systems in place in the State include a system of metrics and performance measures that guide the State in using program funds and prioritizing projects—

(i)

to ensure an effective use of resources; and

(ii)

to further the objectives of the program; and

(C)

demonstrate progress made toward achieving measurable performance of national goals for—

(i)

congestion reduction described in section 150(b)(3);

(ii)

system reliability described in section 150(b)(4);

(iii)

freight movement and economic vitality described in section 150(b)(5);

(iv)

environmental sustainability described in section 150(b)(6); and

(v)

reduced project delivery delays described in section 150(b)(7); and

(2)

the head of the State agency with primary jurisdiction over highways shall enter into a written agreement with the division administrator of the field office of the Federal Highway Administration located in the State and any metropolitan planning organization located in the State, which shall specify which individual apportionment programs or portions of programs referred to in subsection (b) shall be included in the program in that State.

(d)

Term

The Secretary shall carry out the program for a term of not fewer than 6 years.

(e)

Termination

Participation of a State in the program may be terminated—

(1)

by the Secretary if—

(A)

the Secretary determines that the State is not adequately carrying out the responsibilities assigned to the State under the program;

(B)

the Secretary provides to the State—

(i)

notification of the determination of noncompliance under subparagraph (A); and

(ii)

a period of not less than 30 days during which the State may take such corrective action as the Secretary determines necessary to comply with the program; and

(C)

after the notification of noncompliance and the expiration of the period under subparagraph (B), the State has not taken satisfactory corrective action, as determined by the Secretary; or

(2)

by the State at any time if—

(A)

not later than 90 days before the date of termination, the State provides to the Secretary notice of the termination; and

(B)

the State complies with such other terms or conditions as the Secretary determines to be necessary.

(f)

Reports

(1)

State reporting requirements

Participating eligible States shall submit to the Secretary an annual report—

(A)

demonstrating how performance management systems were used to guide the decisionmaking process of the State in the development of the statewide transportation improvement program of the State under section 135; and

(B)

describing the results of the program based on performance measures that demonstrate progress toward the achievement of performance goals.

(2)

Report to Congress

The Secretary shall submit to Congress an annual report that describes the administration of the program.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The analysis for chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 170 the following:

171. Consolidated funding pilot program.

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