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Congress Agrees to Keep Transit Operating Aid in War Bill
Posted By Elana Schor On June 12, 2009 @ 10:00 am In House of Representatives,Streetsblog Capitol Hill,Transit Operating Costs,U.S. Senate | 1 Comment
The issue of operating costs has heated up in recent weeks, with local transit officials supporting federal aid  as a step towards more equitable funding consideration of all transportation modes.
Critics of the idea contend that it is disingenuous to bill stimulus money for transit operating as a short-term response to the economic recession -- or as Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) put it last week, "there is nothing more permanent than a temporary government program."
But despite Latham's skepticism, the deal is done. The final version of the war spending bill, with the transit operating aid provision intact, is expected to become law  as soon as next week.
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 Model D Media: http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/transitaug05.aspx
 to pay operating costs: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2009/06/09/lawmakers-push-for-federal-help-with-transit-operating-read-the-letter/
 supporting federal aid: http://transportation.nationaljournal.com/2009/06/is-it-time-for-the-feds-to-fun.php
 to become law: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124477431225208919.html
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