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How Much Operating Aid is Your Local Transit Agency Getting?

Posted By Elana Schor On June 26, 2009 @ 4:38 pm In Federal Stimulus Plan,FTA,Transportation Funding,White House | No Comments

President Obama has signed [1] into law a $106 billion war funding bill that includes a provision [2] allowing local transit agencies to spend 10 percent of their stimulus money on operating costs.

That sounds good … but how much money are we actually talking about? According to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA):

  • St. Louis’ Metro system can spend up to $4.6 million in stimulus cash on operating. When added to the $7.5 million [3] in FTA aid approved on Wednesday, that fills about one-quarter of the transit agency’s $50 million shortfall. 
  • San
    Francisco can spend up to $17.4 million in stimulus cash on operating.
    Total size of the local BART’s deficit for next year: $23 million [4], even after fare hikes take effect.
  • The
    New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area can spend up to $118.2 million in
    stimulus cash on transit operating. Total size of the deficit for next
    year at New York’s MTA alone: $1 billion [5].
  • Los
    Angeles can spend up to $38.8 million in stimulus cash on transit
    operating. Total size of the system’s deficit for next year: $200 million [6], as my colleague Damien Newton has reported.

If your home city isn’t one listed above, check out the apportionment tables available for download here [7].


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[1] has signed: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g9fgM8HGAvuy2pycaX8k0agKu8tQD991C4UO0

[2] includes a provision: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2009/06/12/congress-agrees-to-keep-transit-operating-aid-in-war-bill/

[3] $7.5 million: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2009/06/22/daily45.html

[4] $23 million: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Deficit-ridden-BART-hikes-fares-46430432.html

[5] $1 billion: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/04/27/2009-04-27_news_gets_worse_for_mta_riders_621_million_deficit_will_remain_even_after_doomsd.html

[6] $200 million: http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/03/26/thanks-gov-even-with-prop-a-city-facing-long-term-transit-cuts/

[7] here: http://www.fta.dot.gov/index_9440.html

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