In early February, House T&I Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) and members of the committee held a press conference to unveil its five-year, $260 billion transportation authorization proposal.
Although nothing new, employment generation is the renewed focus of new federal and local spending on rapid transit projects.
EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer and House T&I Chairman John Mica both hope to have their bills introduced and marked up by the Fourth of July Congressional recess.
With Republicans taking over the House and focusing on cutting spending, it will be interesting to see where transportation falls on their list of priorities. Despite T&I Chairman Mica's plan to push for a transportation authorization bill early this year, the major hurdle remains how to fund it.
We in the industry, now more than ever before, need to help make the case that there is a federal role in public transportation, and it needs to be strengthened.
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