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U.S. Transit Agencies Seek $32 Billion of Federal Aid

  • House bill proposes $16 billion for public transportation
  • Borrowing costs are ‘significantly higher’ for agencies: Foye
A commuter wears a protective mask while riding a subway train in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

A commuter wears a protective mask while riding a subway train in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Photographer: Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg

Public transportation systems around the U.S. are asking the federal government for an additional $32 billion, double the amount lawmakers are proposing in the latest relief bill, to help mass-transit providers cover lost revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding request from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and mass-transit systems in New Jersey, San Francisco and Atlanta comes as House Democrats Tuesday proposed a $3 trillion virus relief bill that would give $15.8 billion to public transportation networks.