Group Fighting Public Transit Infrastructure Funds Cuts

A coalition that included the American Public Transportation Association is seeking to fight off a proposed cut in federal funding for public transit infrastructure.

The funding cuts are included in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

If enacted, the legislation would cut funding for public transportation by $457 million compared to the fiscal-year 2019 enacted levels and does not permanently block the impending $1.2 billion cut to transit formula funds in fiscal year 2020, APTA officials said in a news release.

APTA and its allies have called for the Senate to increase public transportation spending and permanently block the impending 12 percent cut to every public transit agency in the nation.

The coalition includes associations representing construction, manufacturing, workers, transportation agencies, state and local government officials, businesses and environmental organizations.

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