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Preserving Public Transportation

Transportation for America is hailing the introduction of emergency legislation to prevent disastrous service cuts and fare hikes that are threatening public transportation riders across America.

The Public Transportation Preservation Act would provide $2 billion in emergency assistance for operating expenses necessary to restore a major reduction in transit service and to hold off future fare increases due to decreased state or local funding that occurred on or after January 1, 2009.  Funding would be distributed through existing formulas. The act will help transit agencies avoid or minimize future service reduction and fare increases that are being contemplated through the end of FY 2011.

“With demand for public transportation service at its highest level in over 50 years, Congress must act to protect Americans who rely on transit from service cuts and fare hikes that threaten their ability to reach jobs and daily necessities," said James Corless, director of Transportation for America. "This act will help to preserve an economically essential service with a one-time, emergency infusion that will help to save jobs and access to jobs."

The bill is the product of work by Sens. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.