Lawmakers Push For Federal Help With Transit Operating: Read the Letter

The House and Senate are racing to reach agreement on a $90 billion bill to keep the Iraq and Afghanistan wars funded, but the legislation also could mark a pivotal victory for transit. 

Peter_DeFazio_2.jpgRep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) (Photo: UPI)

The Senate version of the war bill contains a provision that would allow transit agencies to use 10 percent of their money they get from the economic stimulus law to pay operating costs. If the House agrees to add that provision to the war bill, it would be a boon to cash-strapped localities that are facing steep cuts in service thanks to the economic downturn.

Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR), chairman of the House transportation committee’s highways and transit panel, has enlisted 26 colleagues for a letter to congressional leaders urging that the Senate’s transit provision be kept in the final version of the war legislation.

CQ reported on the letter on Friday, but we have a complete copy for your downloading pleasure right here. Has your local member of Congress signed on?

  • Phil, Central N.E, Ohio

    Gee, the way these articles worded, it took me awhile to find this one after the Seattle P.I article below.

    We need this! Our bus is in such financial sad shape, the county wants to raise taxes, again, under the guise of helping the Bus. And I might add after giving city managers over $120,000 in pay raises.

    “”Federal move would help keep buses running in King County””

    Friday, June 12, 2009
    http://www.seattlepi.com/transportation/407177_transit12.html

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