May 10, 2010
The classifieds in this issue include three chief executive officer positions!
Livability Funds for Public Transit Crucial, LaHood, Donovan Tell Senate Subcommittee
Public transportation systems will have an opportunity to receive $307 million in the president's proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget if Congress heeds the urging of DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.
The investments are intended to “refocus existing FTA [Federal Transit Administration] programs to expand transit access for low-income families, provide effective transportation alternative, and increase the planning and project development capabilities of local communities,” LaHood told the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 6, in his written testimony.
“Consolidating the Job Access and Reverse Commute formula grants, Alternatives Analysis grants, and formula grants for state and metropolitan planning will allow DOT to better coordinate efforts with HUD and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop strategies that link quality public transportation with investments in smart development.”
Joining LaHood in testifying was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, who, like LaHood, described the progress their agencies have made in their livability partnership with EPA.