Description: TO PASS H.R. 6452.
Bill summary: (LATEST SUMMARY)
Urban Mass Transportation Act - Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to make grants to assist States and local public bodies in payment of operating expenses of urban mass transportation. Requires recipients of such assistance to assure that rates charged elderly and handicapped persons during nonpeak hours for transportation will be one-half of general rates.
Requires recipients to submit to the Secretary a comprehensive plan for improvement of mass transportation
in their areas.
Sets forth a formula for distribution of such assistance among the States based on population and rate of use of mass transportation.
Authorizes appropriation of $400,000,000 for fiscal 1974 and $400,000,000 for fiscal 1975 for such assistance.
Provides that grants for development and improvement of urban mass transportation systems shall be 80 percent of the net project cost.
Prohibits assistance to transit systems which charge on basis of distance traveled, except under a zone system.
Allows assistance for the establishment and organization of public and quasi-public transit corridor development corporations or entities.
Prohibits assistance if a transportation system transports school children.
Requires the Secretary to study rural and small city transportation needs.
Requires the Secretary to investigate unsafe conditions in transportation systems and to withhold assistance unless they are corrected.
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Bill titles: A bill to amend the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 to provide a substantial increase in the total amount authorized for assistance thereunder, to increase the portion of project cost which may be covered by a Federal grant, to authorize assistance for operating expenses, and for other purposes.
Original source documents: Digest of the Congressional Record vol. 119-147, p. H8596;
Links for more info on the vote: congress.gov