By Eugene Mulero
January 19, 2021
The incoming administration is calling on Congress to approve emergency aid for transportation programs as part of a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. President-elect Joe Biden’s economic assistance measure aims to remedy funding woes across commercial and passenger corridors, as well as reinforce supply chains in states and municipalities. Congress, which will be led in both chambers by Democrats, has yet to outline a schedule to consider Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The congressional schedule, thus far, includes consideration of Biden’s Cabinet nominees, legislation linked to budgetary policy and outgoing President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Specifically, Biden’s plan proposes $20 billion in relief for transit agencies to assist with upgrades and connectivity improvements. The country’s public transit systems are “critical for a robust and equitable economy recovery,” the plan noted.
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