Congress Takes Critical Step in Supporting Transit With Final Federal Transportation Bill Language
June 28, 2012
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) released the following statement in response to final language agreed to yesterday by the U.S. House and Senate conference committee on H.R.4348 (MAP-21) – legislation federally funding surface transportation programs.
“More Americans rely on public transit now than ever before, and the final version of MAP-21 – legislation investing in America’s transportation system – is a critical first step in supporting Chicagoland’s transit system, which is key to the region’s economic vitality and livability,” said Joseph Costello, Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director. “The bill makes needed transit investments by:
“Unfortunately, the bill fails to address one key issue, restoration of the $240 per month commuter transit tax benefit, which was reduced to $125 per month in January. Given these difficult economic times, cutting this benefit by nearly 50% only puts increased pressure on American families and workers,” said Costello.