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.
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.