Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure agreed to increase the annual grant for the Marianas public bus system by about $400,000 over the FY20 level of $847,021 and more than double the Territorial Highway Program from $42 million to $100 million annually. THP funds are shared by the Marianas, American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The increases are part of the INVEST in America Act, which the Committee approved. The five-year, $494 billion surface transportation authorization tackles the nation’s significant backlog of road and bridge repairs and replacements and provides substantial funding for highway safety, railways, transit, and climate mitigation. A surface transportation reauthorization approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last year only increased insular area highway funding to $46 million. Current surface transportation authorization expires September 30, 2020. The INVEST in America Act now moves to the House floor.