Since 1983, nearly half of all public transportation funding has come from the federal motor fuels tax dedicated to the Highway Trust Fund. This funding structure provides highway and transit programs with secure, dedicated revenues which Omnitrans and other transit systems around the country rely on to maintain their services, create jobs and foster economic growth.
Under the proposed House bill H.R. 3864, the federal American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Financing Act, dedicated federal fuels taxes for public transit funding would be eliminated. Highway and transit programs would receive no funding after 2016, following a one-time appropriation for 2013-2016
The proposed changes would have dire consequences for Omnitrans and the thousands of people in the San Bernardino Valley who rely on public transit. Our agency depends on FTA funding for bus and equipment purchases, preventive maintenance and construction projects such transit centers, operating facilities and the sbX bus rapid transit line. We will provide16 million trips this year for riders, including 2.4 million trips for students and over 3.3 million trips for seniors and persons with disabilities. The proposed legislation will have a huge impact on their freedom and quality of life.
Please visit the American Public Transportation Association at www.apta.com to learn more about this bill and how you can take action.
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