Friday, June 27, 2008

House helps city transit

The House approved financial help Thursday to mass transit systems in New York and elsewhere facing a surge in riders because of high gas prices.

Mass transit gets $237 million

The House voted 322-98 to authorize $1.7 billion over the next two years to lower fares and expand operations as more riders flock to public transit. New York City will get $237 million of that, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-Manhattan. The transit measure, which must still be considered by the Senate, marks the first time federal money would be used to support local mass transit operating costs.

3 comments:

CntrySigns said...

Bet they will still try to raise the fare.

Taxpayer said...

CNTRYSIGNS: My exact thought!

Note Nadler wants this money. How much of it will be turned right around to pat for his upcoming election campaign?

There is no such thing as "Federal" money - as opposed to "city" or "state" money. It's OUR money. All of it.

We Light Up Queens said...

I third your call on fare hikes. That 237 mill isn't going to save any of the projects desperately needed by Queens such as the extension of the 7 line.