Summary: H.R.4916 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 108-280 (07/30/2004)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House and Senate passed version is repeated here.)

Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part IV - Amends the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2003 to extend through September 24, 2004, and in certain circumstances through FY 2004, authorizations for Federal highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, and Federal transit programs.

(Sec. 2) Extends the off-system bridge set-aside through FY 2004.

Amends the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) to extend to September 24, 2004, certain advanced authorizations from the Highway Trust Fund.

Revises the amount of obligation limitation that is to be distributed by the Secretary of Transportation.

Sets a cap upon the total amount of obligation authority distributed through September 24, 2004.

(Sec. 3) Amends the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2003 to direct the Secretary of Transportation to reduce the amount that would be apportioned, but for such Act, to a State for programs for FY 2004 under the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part IV by the amount that is apportioned to each State under such Act for each such program. Authorizes the Secretary to establish procedures under which certain funds apportioned for a program category for which funds are not authorized under the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part IV may be restored to the Federal-aid highway program.

(Sec. 4) Amends TEA-21 to extend through FY 2004, the authorization of appropriations under TEA-21 for: (1) Federal lands highways (Indian reservation roads, public lands highways, park roads and parkways, and refuge roads); (2) national corridor planning and development and coordinated border infrastructure programs; (3) construction of ferry boats and ferry terminal facilities (including set-asides for such projects that are a part of the National Highway System in Alaska, New Jersey, and Washington State); (4) the national scenic byways program; (5) the value pricing pilot program; (6) highway use tax evasion projects; (7) the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Highway Program; (8) safety grants; (9) the transportation and community and system preservation pilot program; (10) transportation infrastructure finance and innovation; (11) surface transportation research; (12) the technology deployment program; (13) training and education; (14) the Bureau of Transportation Statistics; (15) Intermodal Transportation System standards, research, operational tests, development, and deployment; (16) university transportation research; (17) metropolitan planning; (18) the Territories of Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; (19) the Alaska highway program; (20) Operation Lifesaver; (21) the bridge discretionary program; (22) interstate maintenance; (23) recreational trails administrative costs; and (24) railway-highway crossing hazard elimination in high speed rail corridors.

Extends through FY 2004 the authorization of appropriations for skills training and on-the-job training to implement a specified nondiscrimination program.

(Sec. 5) Extends through FY 2004 the authorization of appropriations for highway safety programs, including: (1) seat belt safety incentive grants; and (2) prevention of intoxicated driver incentive grants.

(Sec. 6) Amends the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act to extend funding for the National Outreach and Communications Program through FY 2004. Extends through the same date the authorization of apportionments for qualified projects under the Clean Vessel Act of 1972.

Amends Federal maritime law to increase the authorization of appropriations for personnel and activities expenses of the Coast Guard directly related to the national recreational boating safety program.

(Sec. 7) Extends through FY 2004 the authorization of allocations and apportionments for Federal transit programs, including: (1) formula grants (earmarking amounts for the Alaska Railroad for improvements to its passenger operations, bus and bus facilities grants, transportation services to elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities, financial assistance for urbanized areas and other than urbanized areas, and intercity, fixed route over-the-road bus service); (2) capital programs; (3) planning; (4) university transportation research; (5) implementation of certain administrative provisions by the Secretary of Transportation; (6) the job access and reverse commute program; (7) the rural transportation accessibility incentive program; (8) urbanized area formula grants; (9) the fuel cell bus and bus facilities program; (10) the advanced technology pilot project; (11) projects for new fixed guideway systems and extensions to existing systems; and (12) the New Jersey urban core project.

Repeals the apportionment of appropriations for: (1) fixed guideway modernization; and (2) certain transportation research programs.

(Sec. 8) Amends TEA-21 to extend through FY 2004 the authorization of appropriations for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration programs, including: (1) certain highway safety programs; (2) highway safety research and development (R&D); (3) occupant protection incentive grants; (4) alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures incentive grants; and (5) the National Driver Register.

(Sec. 9) Amends the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2003 to extend through FY 2004 the authorization of appropriations for: (1) administrative expenses of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; (2) the motor carrier safety assistance program; (3) information systems and commercial driver's license grants; and (4) continuation of a crash causation study.

(Sec. 10) Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend until October 1, 2004, the authorization for the use of the Highway Trust Fund and the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, including the sport fish restoration account and the boat safety account. Extends until September 25, 2004, the authorization for the core highway program.