February 5, 2002
Fiscal 2003 Budget Reflects Funding
for Transportation Security; Transportation Department Requests $59.3
Billion, Continues Safety as Top Priority
The Department of Transportation today unveiled its budget that would seek
$59.3 billion in funding for the fiscal 2003 budget to help provide for
improved security and safety of the country's transportation system. The
2003 budget represents an overall increase of $4.7 billion or 8 percent when
adjusted for a reduction in highway spending required by law.
"President Bush's budget proposal for transportation will enable our
Department to meet the President's three preeminent goals for America:
winning the war at home and abroad, protecting our homeland and reviving the
economy. It will enable us to continue our important work with our partners
in state and local governments and the private sector to ensure that the
public continues to enjoy the transportation service that meets its needs,"
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. "Since the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks, we must provide for enhanced security as well as the
safety of all who use the country's transportation system."
In a briefing for reporters, U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Michael P.
Jackson said that the fiscal 2003 budget for transportation includes $4.8
billion for the first full year of funding for the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) and $7.1 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard, representing
the largest increase in the nation's history for the Coast Guard.
In 2003, TSA will continue implementing an aggressive, comprehensive
transportation aviation security program. The $4.8 billion TSA budget
includes estimated collections of $2.2 billion from passenger and air
carrier fees authorized by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act and
provides funding for more than 30,000 airport security personnel, including
screeners, law enforcement personnel and screener supervisors; funding for
explosive detection systems that must be in place to screen all checked
baggage by Dec. 31; and funding for a greatly expanded federal air marshal
The 2003 transportation budget also reflects the Coast Guard's key role in
safety and security. The request includes more than $400 million for
increased port security; $90 million to modernize the maritime "911" system
to eliminate radio coverage gaps along the coast and improve the Coast
Guard's ability to find those in distress; and $500 million for the Coast
Guard's Deepwater project, the long term process of replacing its aging
fleet of boats, planes, helicopters, and cutters with state-of-the-art
For the last three fiscal years, the country has been reaping the benefit of
record-level funding for surface transportation, which has been adjusted
upward as Highway Trust Fund receipts exceeded expectations. For fiscal year
2003, declining receipts will bring the first downward adjustment, reducing
the federal-aid highway program obligation limitation by $4.4 billion to
$23.2 billion and the total Federal Highway Administration budget to $24.1
billion. Even with this reduction, the guaranteed funding mechanism provided
in law will have resulted in more than $4.7 billion in additional funding to
the states since enactment of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st
Century to help them meet critical transportation needs.
The 2003 budget proposes $7.7 billion overall for transportation safety
funding, and Deputy Secretary Jackson emphasized that the Department's
number one priority continues to be safety. Included is $4.6 billion in the
Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) budget for aviation safety, $107
million of which is for development and use of new technology to help
prevent runway incursion-related accidents, and another $122 million to
improve pilot and controller training and make runway surface markings more
The $430 million budget request for the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) includes $205 million for operations and research.
This amount includes funding to support implementation of the Transportation
Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, which will
enable NHTSA to aggressively pursue new rulemakings for dynamic rollover
tests, improve child safety restraints and resume statutory responsibilities
under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program.
Continuing the Department's emphasis on safety, the budget provides $371
million for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an increase of
8 percent, to help reduce the number of traffic accidents involving trucks
and buses. Of that amount, $116 million anticipates implementation of the
North American Free Trade Agreement trucking provisions and will go to
improve safety enforcement operations and construct inspection facilities
along the southern border. The $116 million includes $61 million for the
border enforcement program, $47 million for border infrastructure
improvements, and $8 million to improve state safety enforcement operations.
Other 2003 transportation budget highlights include:
* $700 million in the $14 billion total FAA budget for air traffic control
system modernization and $3.4 billion for airport improvement activities;
* $716 million for the Federal Railroad Administration, including $521
million which serves as a placeholder for intercity passenger rail service
and $123 million for safety and operations;
* $7.2 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, including $145
million in support of the President's New Freedom Initiative to reduced
barriers for persons with disabilities to enter the workforce;
* $125 million for the Research and Special Programs Administration,
including $24 million to improve the safety of hazardous materials
transportation, $14 million to train hazardous materials responders and
improve response plans, and $64.5 million for enhanced federal pipeline
* $212 million for the Maritime Administration, including $98.7 for the
maritime security program and $11 million to remove four obsolete ships from
the reserve fleet.
DOT's 2003 budget also includes requests for $15 million for the St.
Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, $36 million for the Bureau of
Transportation Statistics; $60 million for the Office of the Inspector
General; and $21 million for the Surface Transportation Board, an
independent agency administratively funded within the Department. Additional
DOT budget information is on the Internet at http://ostpxweb.dot.gov/budget/4budget.htm.