U.S. Rep. Johnson introduces bill that would provide $80 billion to transit over four years

Jan. 19, 2024
The proposal would support transit operating budgets with a goal of delivering more frequent service and prioritizing service to underserved communities.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-04) has re-introduced his Stronger Communities Through Better Transit Act. The proposal would authorize $80 billion in transit funding over four years to support operating budgets. 

The bill was first introduced in 2021, with an aim to provide funding to transit agencies for more frequent transit service and to prioritize service to communities with poor service, disadvantaged communities and areas of persistent poverty. Under Johnson’s proposal, federal funding recipients would receive 50 percent of their average annual operating costs based on a three-year period. Funding recipients would also be required to report certain statistics to the Federal Transit Administration, including frequency of service, how many jobs and essential services are accessible by transit and show that a community survey is conducted every two years. 

“Transit in our communities is as essential as food on our tables, clothes on our backs and a roof over our heads,” said Rep. Johnson. “This kind of funding is a game-changer for Atlanta and communities across the nation. Simply put, people could get to more places in less time using transit. Jobs, schools and other daily destinations that previously took too long to reach would become more accessible. People would feel less strain on household budgets as their transportation costs shrink. They would have more time to spend with their families as time spent commuting falls.”

Text of the proposed Stronger Communities Throug hBetter Transit Act is linked here

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.