Sending Office: Honorable Earl Blumenauer
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Dear Colleague:

Please join me in urging Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to immediately begin obligating funding for transit capital projects that have met all requirements.

In March 2018, Congress passed and President Trump agreed to the highest-ever funding for the Capital Investment Grants program, commonly known as New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity. Since then, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has refused
to obligate new funding, leading to cost overruns and project delays across the country. Despite directives to administer the program in accordance with requirements set forth in statute, a May 2018 GAO report found
that FTA officials do not plan to fully administer the program because President Trump would like to phase out the program

Please email Jon Bosworth ( on my staff if you would like to sign-on.
Deadline is COB Wednesday, September 5.


Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress