Delgado sponsors bill to develop rural transportation systems
May 20, 2020 6:00 am
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has introduced legislation to increase funding for rural public transportation. His plan would expand funding for the so-called 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program at the Federal Transit Administration by 55 percent for the fiscal year 2021, followed by a $20 million increase per year until 2025. The Rhinebeck Democrat’s bill will give rural communities the necessary funding to expand bus routes and make improvements to public transportation systems that increase accessibility and enable economic development. The Rural Areas Program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to the states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to get around. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.