And this one’s farther along, though not as far-reaching. H.R. 6052 has already passed the House, and now has a sponsor in the Senate, a certain prominent Senator from New York. It’s basically a $1.7 billion handout to transit agencies to deal with rising costs, unfortunately administered by the Secretary of Transportation.

Of course, $1.7 billion only works out to about $9 million for King County on a per-capita basis. We’ll probably get a bit more than that, but it won’t be plugging the $35 million shortfall for 2009, even if it does become law.

Via Streetsblog.

2 Replies to “Another Good Bill in Congress”

  1. Would it really be going out on anything resumbling a per-capita basis though? It seems like we’d be getting quite a bit more than the per-capita split. I feel like there have to be some cities out there without ridiculous budget shortfalls who wouldn’t need that money. Or ones that have already raised fares or taxes to deal with the situation on their own…

    It’s not so much optimism as cynicism that other people can’t be nearly as bad as us. In which case there would be a larger share for Metro left. Probably not the full $35 million but much closer to that than $9.

  2. FTA’s website: “For areas with populations of 200,000 and more, the formula is based on a combination of bus revenue vehicle miles, bus passenger miles, fixed guideway revenue vehicle miles, and fixed guideway route miles as well as population and population density.”

    The applicable section of the Congressional Research Service summary:
    Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008 – Authorizes appropriations for each of FY2008-FY2009 for public transportation formula grants for urbanized areas and for other areas. Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to make such grants for: (1) operating costs of equipment and facilities being used to provide the public transportation that the grant recipient is no longer able to pay as a result of reducing fares; and (2) operating and capital costs of equipment and facilities being used to provide transportation services that the recipient incurs as a result of expanding such services. Requires the federal share of the costs for such grants to be 100%.

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