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U.S. Senate highway bill would boost money for New York

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"New York would receive $3.165 billion for highways and mass transit in fiscal 2013 under a transportation bill the Senate approved Wednesday.


That represents an increase of $193 million -- or 6.5 percent -- over what the state received in fiscal 2011, the most recent fiscal year for which a comparison is possible.


Mass transit funding would increase $162 million to $1.39 billion. Funding for highways, interstate maintenance, bridge repairs, congestion mitigation and recreational trails would increase by only $31 million to $1.77 billion.


The $109 billion transportation bill, which would provide federal funding for transportation projects for two years, passed 74-22.


New York's two Democratic senators highlighted the legislation's safety provisions for buses, trucks and teenage drivers.


Under the Senate bill, commuters who receive an employer-provided subsidy for transit expenses could deduct up to $240 a month tax-free, an amount equal to the allowance given to drivers, according to Schumer. The transit deduction was $230 a month last year, but dropped to $125 a month this year.


Much of the state's mass transit funding increase would go to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a capital program designed to return aging equipment to a "state of good repair." The MTA has a $24 billion backlog of capital repairs for the Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and New York City subways and buses."



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why they giving so little to the highways? theres some serious capital projects that need to be done on the roads too, such as the Tappan Zee Bridge, also they need to replace the Goethals and Outerbridge Crossings soon, as well as getting the highways in a good state of repair, replacing signs and barriers and lights to make everything safer.

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