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S. 2726: Public Transportation Expansion Act


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 14, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2726

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 14, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Warnock, Ms. Cortez Masto, Ms. Warren, Ms. Smith, Mr. Van Hollen, and Mr. Cardin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

A BILL

To provide for competitive grants to support access to affordable housing and the enhancement of mobility for residents in disadvantaged communities or neighborhoods.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Public Transportation Expansion Act.

2.

Affordable housing access construction grants

(a)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the Secretary of Transportation for fiscal year 2022 such sums as may be necessary, to remain available until September 30, 2026, for competitive grants to support—

(1)

access to affordable housing; and

(2)

the enhancement of mobility for—

(A)

residents in disadvantaged communities or neighborhoods or in persistent poverty communities; or

(B)

low-income riders.

(b)

Administration of funds

Amounts made available under this section shall—

(1)

be available to recipients and subrecipients eligible for assistance under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; and

(2)

after allocation, be administered as if provided under section 5307 of that title.

(c)

Eligible activities

Amounts made available under this section shall be used for any of the following activities:

(1)

Construction of a new fixed guideway capital project.

(2)

Construction of a bus rapid transit project or a corridor-based bus rapid transit project that utilizes zero-emission vehicles, including costs related to the acquisition of zero-emission vehicles and related charging or fueling infrastructure, or a collection of those projects.

(3)

Notwithstanding subsection (a)(1) of section 5307 of title 49, United States Code, an expansion of the service area or the frequency of service of recipients under that section, which may include operational expenses, including the provision of fare-free or reduced-fare service, or the acquisition of zero-emission vehicles or infrastructure to expand service.