Deep Divisions Over Transit Threaten Highway Bill Bipartisanship

April 15, 2021, 7:43 PM

Transit is emerging as a key partisan split as lawmakers draft legislation to reauthorize surface transportation programs and respond to President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan.

Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said transit agencies have already received enough money from the federal government. Congress provided agencies with more than $82 billion in regular annual funding and several Covid-19 relief packages over the past year, Toomey said during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing Thursday.

“We sent all these billions of dollars to transit agencies without requiring any kind of reforms to be implemented,” Toomey, the panel’s ranking member,...

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