|February 5, 2010|
News HeadlinesWhite House Announces FY 2011 Budget
The White House on February 1 announced its proposed FY 2011 budget, which includes $10.8 billion for public transportation programs, $4 billion for a National Infrastructure Investment Fund, and $1 billion for high-speed rail projects.
FTA Announces New Starts Funding Recommendations
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff in a February 2 media conference call announced the new public transportation projects that FTA will recommend for funding in FY 2011.
The list includes six new projects eligible for New Starts funding, in Denver; Honolulu; Minneapolis-St. Paul; San Francisco; and New Britain-Hartford, CT. It also adds four new projects eligible for Small Starts funding: bus rapid transit (BRT) in Oakland, CA and along Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco; BRT for Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, NY; and BRT for West Seattle.
Rogoff also urged Congress to pass a jobs bill. “This is a very difficult time for transit agencies,” Rogoff said. “That’s why the administration supports the passage of an additional jobs bill.” He cited the thousands of jobs supported and created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and noted that in addition to creating new jobs, a second jobs bill will ensure that the Americans who hold jobs made possible by ARRA remain employed.
DHS Transit Security Funding Remains Steady for FY 2011
The president's proposed budget for FY 2011 also maintains funding for transit security at approximately the same levels as in FY 2010.
Save the Date
Despite inclement weather in the Washington, DC, area, the APTA/UIC High-Speed Rail Practicum will continue as scheduled.
In the Media
APTA President William Millar discussed the benefits of high-speed rail in the National Journal Experts Blog.
Just for Fun'Great Public Transportation Movie Moments' Contest
In celebration of the forthcoming Academy Awards on March 7, Passenger Transport EXPRESS invites you to submit your favorite public transportation moment in movie history. Any scene (PG or below, please) from any movie, era, or country is eligible, as long as the scene takes place on a mode of public transit.
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