March 5, 1998
Council fights for New York's share of highway $
New York State's fair share of federal transportation dollars may be in peril.
ISTEA, passed in 1991, expired last September. A six-month extension continued original funding allocations but expires at the end of March.
The Business Council is part of the ISTEA Works Coalition, a group of 19 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with a shared interest in ISTEA funding allocations.
As Congress debates renewed funding, there is pressure, especially from southern states, for a formula that fails to consider states' investments in mass transit, Ehrlich said.
The Senate has passed a bill that would increase highway funding by $425.8 billion over five years. New York's share of this increase would average about $161 million a year.
However, that bill provides no increase in transit funding.
"The coalition is still fighting for increased transit funding," Gianakos said. "No transit increase effectively penalizes investments in mass transit."