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End Game: Will Congress Pass Increased Public Transit Funding?

Select members of the House and Senate—and their staffs—are working to hammer out a compromise between the two chambers’ versions of a long-term transportation bill.

Negotiators couldn’t quite meet a deadline before Thanksgiving, so Congress passed one more very short-term extension for our nation’s transportation system. The new deadline is Friday, December 4.

Though we may be nearing the end of a years-long process, many decisions remain in flux. The key question for Voices for Public Transit and other transportation advocates is this:

Will the final bill include increased funding for public transportation?


Even at this late point in the process, the answer to this fundamental question remains uncertain. Of the options being considered by negotiators, we believe the best path forward is a fully funded five-year transportation bill that includes increased funding for public transit.

Week of Action

After Thanksgiving recess, Congress will return to work on November 30—and Voices for Public Transit will be engaging in a week of action.

Each day leading up to the December 4 deadline, our community will be raising our voices to deliver this core message: Congress needs to pass a fully funded transportation bill that makes a substantial investment in public transportation. Simply maintaining the status quo is not sufficient.

We wish our entire community a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Hopefully, we can celebrate again when Congress completes its work on a long-term transportation bill.