2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT OF MAINTAINING CURRENT TRANSIT FORMULA BALANCE

WHEREAS, in a recent five-year period alone, public transportation use has increased by 22 percent growing faster than vehicle miles and airline passenger miles traveled over the same period. In 2001, Americans used public transportation 9.5 billion times the highest ridership level in 40 years; and

WHEREAS, communities across the country are rehabilitating and expanding public transportation systems and constructing new ones. More than 550 local public transportation operators currently provide services in 319 urbanized areas; 1,260 organizations provide public transportation in rural areas; and 3,660 organizations provide services to the aging population and disabled individuals; and

WHEREAS, the historical balance of transit funding, through which 40% is allocated for the Fixed Guideway and Rail Modernization (Rail-Mod) Program, 40% for the New Starts Program, and 40% for the Bus and Bus Facility Program, ensures funding to build new systems, maintain existing systems and provide flexibility to small communities; and

WHEREAS, the current balance is based on needs and ensures that new systems after being built are properly maintained; and

WHEREAS, more than 50 systems around the country depend on Rail-Mod funding to maintain track, power, signals, rolling stock and more will be eligible for this funding when their systems are 7 years or older,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the Administration and Congress to maintain the historical balance in transit formula programs by continuing to allocate 40% of transit formula funds for Rail-Mod, 40% for New Starts and 20% for Bus and Bus Facilities.