IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 27, 2021
Ms. Ernst (for herself and Ms. Lummis) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To prohibit the provision of Federal assistance to transit and rail projects with significant cost overruns and that are projected to lose money, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Put the Brakes on Boondoggles Act.
Prohibition on use of Federal funds for certain transit and rail projects
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Transportation shall not provide any new assistance for a transit or rail project if—
the overall cost projection to complete the project exceeds the original cost projection by at least $1,000,000,000; and
the operational and administrative costs of the service provided by the project are projected to exceed the revenues generated from ridership annually over the next decade.