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August 15, 2014

Are Feds to blame for lack of high-speed rail network?

An article by CityLab suggests the cause of not having a high-speed rail system in the U.S. is that we have a political system in which the federal government, having devolved virtually all decision-making power to states, cannot prioritize one project over another in the national interest.


June 20, 2014

U.S. senators push to raise gas tax to shore up Trust Fund

Proposal would increase the federal gasoline and diesel taxes by six cents in each of the next two years for a total of 12 cents. This would provide enough funding to offset current MAP-21 spending levels over the next 10 years.


April 2, 2014

UMA announces 'Capitol Hill Days' dates

The event gathers owners and senior management from bus and motorcoach companies to meet with their Congressional elected officials to discuss the industry's most pressing legislative issues.


December 31, 2013

Commuter tax benefit set to be cut nearly in half

Starting Jan. 1, the monthly amount that commuters can set aside before taxes to spend on public transportation is to drop from $245 to $130. It could be months before transit riders see their benefits restored to the current level, according to advocates.


December 12, 2013

APTA: Extend the commuter tax benefit

President and CEO Michael Melaniphy issued a statement urging Congress to vote to extend the commuter tax benefit, which is set to expire on Dec. 31.


October 29, 2013

Coalition urges Congress to retain transit commuter benefit

Getting America to Work is opposing a 50% cut in the transit benefit that is planned for Jan. 1. Current law allows workers and employers to pay up to $245 in monthly transit costs with tax-exempt dollars.


July 30, 2013

New app lets commuters email Congress about transportation woes

“I’m Stuck” will allow users to immediately email their member of Congress to demand solutions to the infrastructure challenges that are keeping them from getting to their destination.


June 13, 2013

Under proposed bill, transit benefits would stay higher

Some representatives in Congress are proposing that the $245-a-month in pre-tax benefits that commuters who use public transit now receive become permanent. The benefit is set to expire at the end of the year and would drop to $125 a month.


June 6, 2013

Sen. Frank Lautenberg dedicated career to transit

Consistently supported train travel, particularly Amtrak. The senator was also responsible for some of the most important transportation policies in the country, including instituting stricter limits on blood alcohol levels for drivers, and increasing the federal drinking age to 21.


January 15, 2013

APTA urges Congress to pass Sandy aid

This week the U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on emergency aid, which will include federal funds to restore affected public transportation systems. In the last Congress, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a $60 billion aid package, which would have included $10.8 billion for public transportation systems and mitigation activities that would prevent similar destruction from natural disasters in the future.


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