·“Build to Win the Future”– Obama’s call for $556B, 6 year bill
·“Live Within Our Means” – Mica’s call for a modest $230-250B, 6 year bill (6% smaller than SAFETEA-LU)
·“Slash & Burn” – House Majority’s spending bill with deep cuts to transit, including $430M cut to New Starts, elimination of TIGER and HSR programs
·Chairman Mica is holding field hearings in Rochester and Cortland this Thursday March 24th.
How will we pay for it?
·LaHood continues to stonewall questions from press and members of Congress regarding how the Administration plans to pay for its ambitious t-bill. His response: “We look forward to working with Congress on that.”
·Streetsblog wants to know – “When does the working with Congress part actually begin?”
·Mica tells transit officials, “funding for transit is going to have to stay the same” and transit agencies “will have to be much more creative and look at consolidation of some of their operations.” (MTR)
·Rep. LaTourette (R-OH) says transit advocates would be “nuts” not to ask for additional transit funding. When it comes to Congress tackling t-bill, “everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”