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Transit News

3/28/2012

Contact:

Virginia Miller
(202) 496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

Governor Cuomo and NY State Legislature Agree on Landmark Transportation Investment

Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

“The American Public Transportation Association applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their forward-looking agreement on public transportation and highway infrastructure investment.  The state of New York has agreed on a broad multi-year plan to address state surface transportation needs in the current budget year, authorize financing for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) capital program needs over the next three years, and outline a process for developing the final two years of the NY State DOT capital plan so that that plan is consistent with the MTA capital plan timeline.

“The plan would authorize $13.1 billion for the last three years of the MTA’s current 2010-2014 capital program, bringing the five-year capital program total to $22.2 billion.  It would authorize $8.9 billion for the NY state DOT’s highway and bridge programs, which includes $4.4 billion in statewide operating assistance for public transit, $2.9 billion in new highway and bridge construction projects, state matching funds for Federal Transit Administration capital projects at systems other than MTA, and 100% state funding for public transit capital programs that cannot be addressed with other federal or local funds. 

“This agreement highlights the critical importance of a state and federal partnership for infrastructure investment, and APTA urges Congress to pass a robust, multi-year transportation bill to meet the needs of citizens in every state.”

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 The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.


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