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Hearing to Examine Demands on New Starts Transit Program

2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC, Dec 5, 2013 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Washington, DC – A hearing of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will examine demands on the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) New Starts program.

FTA’s Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants program, commonly known as “New Starts,” provides a competitive grant process for large transit projects that cannot traditionally be funded from a transit agency’s annual formula funding.  At this hearing, the Subcommittee will focus on the changes made to the program in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21; P.L. 112-141) and highlight the expansion in available project eligibility and growth in grant applications.

The hearing, entitled “Examining the Current and Future Demands on FTA’s Capital Investment Grants,” is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Witness List:

  • The Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
  • The Honorable Gregory H. Hughes, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Utah Transit Authority
  • Mr. Chris Bushell, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Chicago Transit Authority
  • The Honorable Chris Coleman, Mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Mr. Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

More information about the hearing, including written testimony, additional background information, and link to a live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available. 

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