We have news about the state of federal public transportation funding. From the American Public Transit Association (APTA):
This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives approved, by a vote of 266 to 158, a 90-day extension of current surface transportation law governing federal transit and highway programs. The bill, which would extend SAFETEA-LU and the collection of motor fuels taxes that are deposited in the Highway Trust Fund through June 30, 2012, must now be signed by the President by March 31 to avert the shutdown of federal transit and highway programs. It is expected that the President will sign the measure.
This afternoon, the Senate approved the extension by unanimous consent. Both Houses of the U.S. Congress are scheduled to leave for a two week district work period that begins tomorrow.
This extension does not answer the question of the future of federal public transit funding. We will keep public transit customers and supporters in St. Louis updated with legislative alerts and actions.