Letter to The Honorable James L. Oberstar

The Secretary of Transportation

Washington, D.C.  20590

March 19, 2002

The Honorable James L. Oberstar
Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515-6256

Dear Congressman Oberstar:

I am pleased to present the U.S. Department of Transportation's Annual Report on New Starts, which makes recommendations on the allocation of funds for new fixed guideway systems and extensions for Federal Fiscal Year 2003. This report is submitted in response to the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(1).

Identical letters have been sent to the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. We have also provided copies of this report to the Transportation Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committees of both the House and Senate.

Sincerely yours,

Signature of Secretary Mineta

Norman Y. Mineta