Letter to The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes

The Secretary of Transportation

Washington, D.C.  20590

February 3, 2003

The Honorable Richard C. Shelby
Chairman, Committee on
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

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 2004. This report is submitted in response to the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(1).

Identical letters have been sent to the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Chairman and Ranking Member 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