ATU proposal: transit should receive $30B annually

Posted on February 3, 2009

The Amalgamated Transit Union released its Federal reauthorization recommendations, including increasing federal transit funding by 20 percent annually, creating a program to encourage states to invest more in transit and involving the public in the decision making process.

In its proposal, We Can Get There From Here, the ATU calls for an annual 20 percent increase in federal transit funding, with the program being funded at a guaranteed level of more than $30 billion annually by 2015. The proposal also calls for Congress to give local transit systems the option to use their federal funds for operating purposes.

ATU’s plan also calls for the metropolitan planning process to become more open, by giving the public the ability to comment and participate in the transportation decision making process. Specifically, ATU calls for broadening the group of voting members on state and metropolitan planning boards to ensure that the constituency groups, who benefit the most and are affected the most by the choices made, can have a voice and a vote in the process.

Additionally, the ATU proposal recommends that Congress adopt a new program, entitled the Flexibility Incentive Grant (FIG) Program, which is designed to encourage states to invest more in transit; improving paratransit service for elderly and disabled individuals; and new programs to focus on workforce development.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Houston Metro to add paratransit rates for first time since 1991

To offset the fare increase, Metro says it will let MetroLift customers use the fixed-route buses for free.

Texas paratransit system could owe state close to $1M

The audit found TAPS had not submitted sufficient documentation for its requests for reimbursement, did not have processes in place to ensure compliance with TxDOT agreements and that its cost allocation methods were not sufficiently supported.

MBTA may partner with Uber, Lyft for paratransit

MBTA is running a six-month pilot program for 124 patrons with disabilities allowing them to pay for private taxis using an MBTA debit card, which they may expand for use on other ride-hailing platforms.

Fed judge orders MARTA to court over paratransit service

Ordered to appear over allegations it's violating a court order, which, among other stipulations, requires MARTA to strive for an on-time performance rate of 100%.

MBTA urged to explore cost saving actions for paratransit

Possible changes presented by MASSDOT's deputy administrator included raising fares to the maximum allowed by ADA and reducing some of The Ride’s overhead costs by partnering with taxis or other transportation companies.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close