The House passed H.R. 6052, the "Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008 on June 27. The legislation will provide $850 million for each of the next two years to reduce fares and expand transit services. Over $250 million of that money will go to California, including $102,835,570 for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro areas and $9,608,984 for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
"More and more Californians are turning to public transit because of rising gas prices," said Rep. Grace F. Napolitano. "This bill will help ensure that our communities have access to affordable public transportation assistance."
"Despite what this administration says, offshore drilling is not a long-term recipe for energy independence and lower gas prices - it is a recipe for oil company profits," she added. "The only responsible route to real energy independence is investment in alternative energy and fuels and in our public transportation infrastructure."
"We need mass transit services for our working families and these funds will assist our local bus service providers in attracting more riders by reducing fares."
H.R. 6052 also increases the federal share of alternative and clean fuel buses and trains and parking at end-of-line stations.
Rep. Napolitano is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.