Take Action to Restore Dedicated Federal Investment24-Feb-2012
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that, “since 1983, under President Ronald Reagan, fuels tax revenues have been dedicated to public transit through the Mass Transit Account of the surface transportation legislation. These dedicated revenues were not diverted from the Highway Account, but rather were originally enacted to support public transit capital investment.”
The current H.R.7 seeks to eliminate this dedicated federal investment source for public transit. The bill provides for a one time appropriation, and does not guarantee any public transportation funding beyond FY 2016. If this funding is eliminated, it will make it very difficult for Idaho’s public transit agencies – and agencies nationwide – to develop reliable long-term capital plans, leaving the future of our public transit programs at risk.
We need your support and urge you to support the bipartisan amendment to the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R.7) to restore the Mass Transit Account and return dedicated motor fuels tax revenues to public transportation.
Idaho’s delegation needs to hear that you support this amendment in order to ensure that we restore the proper investment in public transit. Visit the Public Transportation Gets Us There website for an easy to use form to contact your legislators: