The following post was written by Leslie Wollack, Program Director at the National League of Cities.
NLC is disappointed in the vote by the House Ways and Means Committee to change the way public transportation is funded…a funding structure that has provided highway and transit programs with dedicated and dependable funding for over thirty years. The Committee voted 15 – 22 to defeat an amendment by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) that would strike the link between highway and transit funding and fund transit entirely from annual appropriations, extremely unlikely in this strained budget climate.
Transit funding is a critical element of communities large and small and vital to creating and getting people to and from jobs in our community. The House of Representatives is avoiding the larger issue of funding our national infrastructure and leaves it to state and local governments to continue to find ways to hold our national transportation network together.