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DEC 2014 -JAN 2015

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16 | Mass Transit | | DECEMBER 2014/JANUARY 2015 HE RESULTS OF THE 2014 ELECTION are in. While Republicans are rejoicing at taking control of the Senate, widen- ing their House majority and picking up several new governorships, Democrats are licking their wounds, wondering where it all went wrong. In the mean- time, public transportation professionals and advocates are wondering whether Republican control of both chambers of Congress will spell doom and gloom for the federal transit program, or if a unifed Congress, working together with President Barack Obama, will present opportunities to stabilize the highway trust fund and bring about a long awaited multi-year surface transportation authorization bill, perhaps with robust increases in federal dollars for public transportation. While it is impossible to predict how the incoming Congress will deal with the federal transit program in the com- ing term, two facts are certain. First, a new Republican majority in the Senate, along with some key retirements and de- feats, will bring new leadership to many of the committees with jurisdiction over the federal transit program. Second, the latest extension of surface transportation legislation that authorizes and funds the federal transit program, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire at the end of May. In addition, latest U.S. Department of Transportation estimates project the highway trust fund will once again run out of funds by July. Finding additional resources to continue to fund our nation's Transit leaders waited for the dust to settle from the 2014 midterm elections, but with massive leadership changes, there's little clarity on long-term funding solutions. By Paul Dean T 2014 Election Results Bring More Questions the Future of the Federal

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