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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Alcee Hastings at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Tri-Rail Station at Dania Beach today to highlight the President’s FY2013 budget proposal that calls for greater investment in transit infrastructure as part of an America built to last.
“President Obama called on us to rebuild America by putting people back to work on transportation projects that are built to last,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “All across America, there is work to be done that will improve our transit systems, highways, railways, airports and ports for years to come. At this make-or-break moment for the middle class, we can afford to do no less.”
“President Obama’s commitment to boost transportation funding is critical to building a modern transportation network that creates jobs, spurs development and reduces our nation’s costly dependence on foreign oil,” said Administrator Rogoff. “More and more Americans are looking for greater choices in transportation today, and it’s important we provide the funding to ensure transit remains one of those choices.”
Administrator Rogoff, in town for a briefing by local officials on transit needs in the area, spoke about the importance of securing a sustainable, long-term source of funding for such projects nationwide. His comments came in the wake of recent efforts by the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate dedicated funding for transit, which has been in place for thirty years.
Under the President’s proposed FY2013 budget, residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties could potentially see an increase of nearly $10 million in federal funding—a nearly seven-percent boost compared to estimated funding in 2012—to maintain and improve transit services.
The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Station at Dania Beach is one of 18 stations in the 71-mile Tri-Rail commuter rail system, which runs from Miami through Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach seven days a week. On weekdays, 14,500 commuters use Tri-Rail to get to work, major airports, South Florida attractions and special events.