Federal Lawmakers Still Eyeing Highway Bill Despite Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Legislators are keeping an eye on advancing a new highway policy measure as the federal response to the novel coronavirus dominates much of lawmakers’ time and attention.

“Even though the global pandemic upended the congressional schedule as we know it, our committee has been pushing ahead with a surface transportation reauthorization bill and we hope to share more details in the coming weeks,” a spokeswoman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told Transport Topics.

The panel’s leaders have said their aim is to advance improvements to freight and commuter connectivity, as well as provisions related to severe-weather resilience, as part of their update of the 2015 FAST Act highway law, which expires Sept. 30.