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Oppose Perry Amendment (#237) to H.R. 3055

 

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to oppose the amendment offered by Rep. Perry to Division E, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, of H.R. 3055.

The Perry amendment is opposed by several organizations, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Road & Transportation Builders Association
(ARTBA), the Bus Coalition, the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), Transportation for America (T4A), the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD).

By eliminating Section 164 of the bill, the Perry amendment will result in a $1.2 billion cut to transit programs in FY 2020, despite the fact that transit systems nationwide face an almost $100 billion backlog in capital needs. In addition, the Perry amendment
will undercut efforts to restore congressional intent of the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program and will impede the development of new transit projects across the country.

First, the Perry amendment eliminates a provision in H.R. 3055 that ensures transit agencies will not face a 12 percent across-the-board cut to their federal dollars in FY 2020.

Second, the Perry amendment eliminates a provision in H.R. 3055 directing the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to adhere to the law and congressional intent. The FTA is not following the congressional intent of the CIG program, which has resulted in
serious delays and roadblocks in the development of transit projects across the country. The language in H.R. 3055 that the Perry amendment would eliminate was included as a result of bipartisan concern over FTA’s actions.

The Perry amendment specifically allows FTA to set federal cost share caps below 50 percent and drive up local costs by demanding higher contingency funding. The amendment endorses recent FTA efforts to saddle new transit projects with needless bureaucracy
and delays that drive up project costs.

The President is a vocal proponent of streamlining project approval and delivery to reduce the cost of infrastructure projects. Yet FTA has actively pursued policies to stall transit projects in contravention of this goal. H.R. 3055 directs FTA to remove
several of these bureaucratic hurdles. A vote for the Perry amendment is a vote for fewer projects to help people get to work and school and to reduce congestion in our communities.

We urge you to reject the Perry amendment and support a robust transit program.

 

Peter A. DeFazio                                             Eleanor Holmes Norton

Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure     Chair of Highways and Transit Subcommittee

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