September 22, 2008
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House-Passed Energy Bill Incorporates Transit Provisions
On Sept. 16, the House approved, by a vote of 236 to 189, a comprehensive plan to address America’s energy future. The legislation incorporated the main provisions of H.R. 6052, the “Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008” authored by Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“This bill recognizes the importance of funding public transportation to further our energy savings and security goals,” Oberstar said.
Specifically, H.R. 6899 authorizes $1.7 billion over two years for grants to transit agencies nationwide to temporarily reduce fares, expand services, or offset the increased cost of system and fleet maintenance to meet the needs of the growing number of transit commuters.
“Public transportation in all its forms–buses, light rail, subways, to name a few–saves fuel and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,” he added. “Increasing the use of public transportation by providing Americans the good transit service they want and need must be an important part of a holistic national energy policy.”