LaHood Details Impacts of Scheduled Automatic Budget Cuts

Flights may be delayed if the sequester occurs on March 1, says Sec. Ray LaHood. Image – NGA.

Flights may be delayed, and transportation-related safety and equipment inspections may be delayed, if federal automatic budgets cuts occur on March 1 as scheduled. Congress is now in legislative recess for in-district/state meetings and work, and will resume it’s legislative session just a few days before the March 1 deadline.

Secretary Ray LaHood describes the range of impacts of the budget cuts in the letter below. LaHood was responding to a Senate Appropriations Committee request for information from all Cabinet agencies. Find a list of those letters here.

Earlier this year, the impacts to transit were described by Streetsblog’s Tanya Synder:

“While the Federal Highway Administration’s staff is safe from layoffs from the sequester, since they’re funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, the FTA isn’t so lucky. General-funded FTA programs — including the New Starts program for transit expansion, some research, and all FTA administration — are still vulnerable to cuts. Worse, the “across-the-board” nature of the sequester means the FTA would have to apply the cuts evenly among those three areas.” (“FTA Grapples With Likely Funding Cuts,” Streetsblog).”

Learn more from our story, “$1.5 Billion to be Cut from Roads, Transit and Rail in 2013 Unless Congress Acts.”

LaHood Letter on Impact of Sequester