New York, NY—There’s high hopes for robust investment in public transportation with an incoming Joe Biden administration as he himself is an avid supporter and commuter of Amtrak trains. Indeed, one of the pillars of his Build Back Better economic platform is to modernize and invest in the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. Within that context, the New York City-based transit advocacy organization, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, will be hosting on January 11 an important virtual panel discussion about the implications for American infrastructure and transportation under a Biden Administration.
The panelists include Congressmember Adriano Espaillat, who represents New York’s 13th Congressional District, and is a member of the influential House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in Congress, as well as Lateefah Simon, President of Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America and transportation expert and advocate, Peter Peyser. The panel discussion will be moderated by TSTC’s Nick Sifuentes.
Transit agencies around the country, and for that matter, around the world have endured unprecedented economic challenges as the coronavirus pandemic caused a monumental drop in ridership and revenue. For the Metropolitan Transportation Authority here in New York City, the $4 billion in aid from the recently enacted $900 billion coronavirus relief bill at least temporarily staved off big layoffs and service cuts.
And Amtrak, which will be moving its New York operations to the recently opened Moynihan Train Hall across the street from Penn Station along 8th Avenue, received $1 billion in funding from the relief bill that also forestalled layoffs and service cuts.
But, at least according to the Build Back Better platform on President-elect Joe Biden's transition website, he and his administration are aiming to invest a significant amount of money into local transit agencies, as well as Amtrak.
Questions that will be addressed in the forum include: What will be the priorities and leading edges from the federal government to help transit systems not just recover, but thrive in the coming decade? Because infrastructure and transportation are top priorities for the new administration, how will this translate for transit agencies and riders?
These are just a couple of the questions that the panel, which starts at 12:00 pm, will be discussing and addressing on Monday, January 11. The panel discussion is open to the public. You can register at the following website: http://bit.ly/39ltwtS