December 04, 2015
Rochester, NY: RTS is applauding Congress’s passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which fully restores the 5340 High Density States Program transit funding.
“The passage of the federal transportation bill this week is great news for RTS and the State of New York,” said Bill Carpenter, CEO of RTS. “The five year, fully-funded bill provides a level of stability we haven’t seen in many years. I thank the entire New York Delegation, particularly Senator Charles Schumer whose efforts led to retaining the 5340 High Density States Program funding, and Representatives Louise Slaughter and John Katko for their critical roles in getting this done. I also thank my colleagues at transit systems around the state for their hard work and partnership on this effort, as well as the many transit industry-related businesses, community partners and citizens who made their voices heard during this process. We wouldn’t have achieved this positive outcome without this united effort.”
Had the funding for the 5340 High Density States Program been eliminated, RTS would have lost $17 million in federal funds over the next six years. Had that happened, RTS would have faced the prospect of drastic service reductions and a smaller fleet, and the constant requests for more service would have been turned away.
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Regional Transit Service (RTS) is a regional transit authority established by New York State with more than 900 employees who proudly serve customers and business partners in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Wyoming counties. Recognized as one of the best-run transit systems in the nation, RTS provides safe, reliable and convenient public bus transportation to more than 18 million people each year. We carry out our mission by connecting our customers to jobs, school, healthcare, shopping and recreational activities every day. For more information, visit www.myRTS.com.
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