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House OKs $325B surface transportation bill

Passed by a 363-64 vote, the bill calls for spending $261 billion on highways and $55 billion on transit over six years. As expected, the legislation authorizes highway funding for six years, but only if Congress can come up with a way to pay for the final three years.

Improving Transportation Performance: Time to Focus on Operations

Two potential improvements would be cutting spending to match revenues or increasing revenues to match spending, but Congress continues to avoid these hard choices. Their de facto policy of leaping from crisis to crisis is the worst of all worlds, as funding continues to be inadequate and grantees have little assurance of stability in federal funding.

‘Rapid’ Growth Showcases APTA Chair’s Skills

Peter Varga’s theme for his year as chair is “America’s Future is Riding on Public Transportation.” This is reflected in his success at accommodating increasing ridership and improving job access as CEO at Michigan’s The Rapid and his work with APTA on a reauthorization plan.

OCTA CEO: New federal bill a win for America

Three years and 10 extensions later, America has a new federal transportation reauthorization bill. Perhaps the most important aspects of MAP-21 are the changes to existing law that break down some of the bureaucratic barriers to project delivery allowing for expedited project implementation.

U.S. mayors to Congress: Pass transportation bill

A letter signed by 188 U.S. mayors urged the House and Senate to enact bicameral, bipartisan surface transportation reauthorization legislation. In addition, the mayors also reiterated their strong opposition to a pending House bill that proposes to shift gas tax revenues away from public transportation.

OCTA CEO: Looking ahead to the New Year

The agency is gearing up for a busy year, pushing to deliver projects, create and sustain jobs and advocate for legislation that will provide sustainable transportation funding.