Tomorrow the House Ways and Means committee could move to end guaranteed Federal funding for transit. Currently Federal funding for transit comes mostly through a fixed percentage of the Highway Trust Fund, which is mostly funded through the gas tax, a guaranteed, if declining, source of funds. The bill to be brought to the Ways and Means Committee tomorrow would remove transit funding from the gas tax and thus only fund transit through general funds. This would subject federal transit funds to both the across-the-board cuts in current federal law and increased political maneuvering over the funding in each budget. The bill is clearly a move to reduce the federal commitment to transit going forward.
In our area, Dave Reichert is on the Ways and Means Committee. If you leave in his district and care about transit funding, please call his office and urge him not to vote for this bill. His office number is: 202-225-7761. Please say something like: “My name is Andrew Smith. I live in Bellevue. I have heard that the Ways and Means transportation bill threatens transit funding. I want Congressman Reichert to vote against the bill.”