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Jaime Herrera Beutler Successfully Secures Increased Funding for Southwest Washington Public Transit in Final Transportation Bill

Jaime’s amendment in U.S. House-passed transportation bill helped restore the Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant program to $1.5 billion over the next five years

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Washington, DC, December 1, 2015 | comments
Today, the U.S. House and Senate finalized a five year transportation funding agreement that includes an additional $1.5 billion for which Southwest Washington transit agencies can compete to improve bus services for Southwest Washington transit commuters.
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Today, the U.S. House and Senate finalized a five year transportation funding agreement that includes an additional $1.5 billion for which Southwest Washington transit agencies can compete to improve bus services for Southwest Washington transit commuters. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler led the effort to restore the Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant program when she successfully championed an amendment to the U.S. House version of the transportation bill in November.

Read more about Jaime’s efforts here.

“Over 50% of all transit riders in the U.S. travel on buses, and I am pleased to have helped improve bus service in Southwest Washington and nationwide in this final transportation funding plan,” said Jaime.  “My goal was to restore the funding that was cut from buses in 2012’s transportation bill, and we did that with today’s agreement. Residents of Southwest Washington deserve access to public transportation that meet the needs of our region” 

“The FAST ACT compromise surface transportation bill provides higher levels of funding for transit bus and bus facilities nationwide thanks in large part to Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s earlier efforts in the House of Representatives. C-TRAN looks forward to competing for its share of that funding to meet critical capital needs,” said Jeff Hamm, Executive Director/CEO of C-TRAN

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