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Statement from Patrick J. Foye, Chairman & CEO of the MTA, on the U.S. House of Representative's Passage of the INVEST In America Act

MTA
Updated July 1, 2021 8:45 p.m.

“The House of Representatives has taken an important first step toward new, once-in-a-generation levels of funding for public transportation. The $109 billion in the INVEST In America Act to fund transit agency state of good repair and expansion would help the MTA fund the historic $51.5 billion capital plan. But more needs to be done. Robust federal support is also needed for MTA's huge portfolio of projects to expand accessibility, modernize signal systems, finish the long-awaited expansion of the Second Avenue Subway to Harlem, build Penn Station Access and its four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, and help transition the MTA bus fleet to zero emissions by 2040. Federal funds also should be made available to kickstart efforts to reconstruct existing Penn Station and expand Penn Station to increase capacity between New York and New Jersey in tandem with the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project. We urge Congress to ensure this level of funding is – at a minimum -- preserved as both the House and Senate come to a final deal that will work for all transit agencies."