WASHINGTON — Transportation officials and lobbyists will be watching Capitol Hill early next year, hoping lawmakers pass long-term reauthorization legislation funding aviation and surface programs that would bring much-needed stability to the sectors.

Lawmakers haven’t managed to agree on a long-term bill reauthorizing funding for surface transportation since the last one expired in September 2009, and have instead enacted a series of short-term funding extensions to get through the last two years, the eighth of which expires March 31.

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