Transit Industry to Join State DOTs in Blasting Senate Climate Bill

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is set to join the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and two construction interests tomorrow in protesting the Senate climate bill’s proposed diversion of new fuel fees away from infrastructure — an argument that puts the transit industry’s leading D.C. lobbying group squarely in the transportation mainstream.

In a release previewing its joint press conference with AASHTO, scheduled for tomorrow morning, APTA said the Senate bill’s use of new fuel fees for purposes beyond infrastructure, such as paying down the federal deficit, "would harm efforts to pass
a new surface transportation bill and would also greatly impair the ability of
states, counties, cities and transit systems to reduce our dependence on foreign
oil and reduce transportation-related emissions."

  • Lisa

    They also managed to spell the work ‘transportation’ wrong in the subject line of that press release. *snicker*

  • No, it’s economically correct to use carbon fees to pay down the deficit. There are other problems with the bill, but the fact that not everything in it revolves around transportation construction isn’t one of them.

  • If it’s supposedly so “economically correct”, then why was the practice stopped in the late ’90s?

    Given how underfunded transportation already is, leave the gas tax where it is…going to transportation.

  • There were carbon fees in the late 1990s? What?

  • During most of the ’90s, there as a 4.3 cent portion of the gas tax that specificially went to deficit reduction…a byproduct of the Clinton years. IIRC, it was passed as part of the ’93 budget where Gore has to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. It was dropped sometime during the late ’90s.

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