Mass Transit

Issues Related to Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations Gao ID: T-RCED-94-180 April 13, 1994

Budgetary pressures affect not only federal dollars available to transit systems but state and local support as well. Moreover, unfunded federal mandates, such as the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act Amendments, are boosting the costs of maintaining and operating transit systems. These factors make it more imperative than ever that federal dollars be spent cost effectively. This testimony focuses on three issues: (1) What changes have occurred in capital investment planning for transit systems? (2) What challenges face transit agencies as they implement the paratransit requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act? (3) What issues surround the administration's proposal to cut transit operating assistance?

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