Proposed DOT budget includes increases for safety agencies

Washington – The Department of Transportation’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget (.pdf file), announced Feb. 13, includes increases for several safety-related agencies.

Among them:

  • $580 million for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a $25 million increase from FY 2012
  • $276 million for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, a $75 million increase
  • $981 million for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a $181 million increase
  • $196 million for the Federal Railroad Administration’s rail safety and development programs, an $18 million increase

According to a DOT press release, the budget also proposes nearly $30 billion in funding for the next six years for surface transportation safety programs, a 137 percent increase over the previous long-term authorization. This amount includes $330 million for anti-distracted driving campaigns, DOT said.

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