Federal Funding for Mass Transit

Submitted by ub on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:15

NYC Council to urge Congress to reject H.R. 7, keep transit funding intact. Efforts are underway in Washington to derail funding for mass transit in H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012. As proposed, this legislation would remove dedicated funding for mass transit around the nation. Since the Reagan Administration, the Highway Trust Fund has been used to provide capital dollars to transit agencies. The legislation, as written, could cost the MTA more than a billion dollars annually. The MTA relies heavily on this funding in its capital plan, not only for mega projects like East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway, but for critical infrastructure repair, such as track work and upgrades to switches and signals.

Who: Council Member James Vacca, Chair, Transportation Committee

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Member, House Transportation Committee

Where: 250 Broadway, 14th Floor Committee Room

When: Tuesday, March 13, 3:30 p.m.