The Senate Finance Committee will mark up a short-term fix to keep highway projects funded until after the midterm elections on Thursday.
Transportation advocates have expressed disappointment in the temporary measure because they have been pushing for a long-term bill that would fund U.S. road and transit projects for several years.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has said that he can only muster $9 billion from other areas of the federal budget to carry infrastructure funding until Dec. 31, which would punt the larger funding decision until the lame-duck session after the elections.
Wyden has called his three-month plan an “imperative first step” toward a long-term solution… (more)
Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of information technology and payment systems and services for public transportation, received a $7.5 million add-on contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Clipper® card fare payment system to more than a dozen suburban transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The system, which Cubic delivered and operates, will enhance travel options for commuters in parts of the East and North Bay… (more)
Did anyone else catch the suggestion by one of the MTA Board Directors to hold off on some of the tech expenses? Clearly he was ignored. This is $7.5 million dollars for more tech and less for Muni service expansion.