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Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of Transportation

May 26, 2017

Unless otherwise noted, all FY 2018 figures are from the department’s budget justification, and all FY 2017 figures are from committee reports for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

Research and development activities in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) would face a considerable decrease under the president’s proposed FY 2018 budget. Notable examples include:

  • $301.5 million to support operations and research within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a $24.5 million (7.5 percent) decrease from FY 2017;
  • $150 million for research engineering and development within the Federal Aviation Administration, a $26.5 million (15.0 percent) decrease from FY 2017;
  • $39.1 million for research and development within the Federal Railroad Administration, a $1.0 million (2.5 percent) decrease from FY 2017;
  • $9.1 million for research and technology within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a $3.9 million (30.0 percent) decrease from FY 2017; and,
  • $8.5 million for transportation planning research and development within the Office of the Secretary, a $3.5 million (29.2 percent) decrease from FY 2017. 
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