U.S. Rep. Oberstar from Minnesota committed to funding mass transit

| 9/9/2008

Improving mass transit will improve conditions of the nation’s highway infrastructure too, U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-MN, said Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Oberstar met with transportation commissioners of several major cities as the National Association of City Transportation Officials released its platform calling for more funding for urban mass transit.

“We have the key here, and we have to unlock the choking movement of goods and people in urban areas,” Oberstar said.

Oberstar is one of the key lawmakers on Capitol Hill who will draft the next transportation funding reauthorization bill. It will replace the current law known as SAFETEA-LU, which expires in September 2009.

Urban transportation commissioners from San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, New York City and Washington, DC, spoke at the meeting to spell out their needs for improving transit systems.