Monday, March 12, 2012

Vacca to Hold Hearing On Federal Funding for Mass Transit

Here is news on CM Vacca fighting to maintain much needed funding to help restore our decaying transit system. Hopefully the Bronx will get much needed funds to repair our neglected transit system and additional funds needed for the proposed new Metro-North line connecting Co-op City and parts of the North East Bronx with the South Bronx and then Manhattan. It’s about time!



Council to urge Congress to reject H.R. 7, keep transit funding intact

Efforts are underway in Washington to derail funding for mass transit in H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012. As proposed, this legislation would remove dedicated funding for mass transit around the nation. Since the Reagan Administration, the Highway Trust Fund has been used to provide capital dollars to transit agencies. The legislation, as written, could cost the MTA more than a billion dollars annually. The MTA relies heavily on this funding in its capital plan, not only for mega projects like East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway, but for critical infrastructure repair, such as track work and upgrades to switches and signals.

Who: Council Member James Vacca, Chair, Transportation Committee

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Member, House Transportation Committee

Where: 250 Broadway, 14th Floor Committee Room

When: Tuesday, March 13, 3:30 p.m.

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