The DRIVE Act: Senate Passes Six-Year Transportation Reauthorization
On July 30, 2015, the Senate passed the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The bill would reauthorize surface transportation programs for six years, but would provide sufficient funding into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for only three of those years, through federal fiscal year (FY) 2018. The bill would increase funding for existing programs and create several new ones, including a formula-based National Freight Program.
The House has not yet released a long-term reauthorization proposal, but is expected to do so this fall. This Issue Brief examines major provisions of the DRIVE Act.