Democrats Object as Transit Grants Get the Gateway Treatment

FTA sent a letter last week to Capital Investment Grant applicants advising them on the importance of local financial commitments. This is the same approach that the agency has taken to the Gateway Project, which would build new bridge and tunnel crossings between New York and New Jersey. The interpretation specifically means that federal loans will no longer count as part of the local share, thereby increasing the amount states and locals must contribute. Representative David Price (D-NC), ranking member of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, said that he is concerned that the administration’s stance on Gateway is affecting vital transit projects across the country. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) called FTA’s interpretation of the use of federal loans for transit grants flawed and disappointing. The Capital Investment Grant program includes New Starts and Small Starts and, as of early May, had about 50 projects in the pipeline. Read more in this Bloomberg Government article.

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