President Trump’s budget will take a whack to transportation funding, putting crucial new infrastructure projects at risk of receiving no federal aid, according to New York’s senators.
With commuters frustrated by the noticeable decline in quality transit, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said Thursday that Trump’s 10-year budget will starve agencies of money for repair work and new construction projects.
The budget lops $ 760 million in federal funding to Amtrak. The Highway Trust Fund — the pot of money that helps pay for the MTA’s long-term repairs — could lose $ 96 billion.
The budget does propose $ 200 billion in infrastructure spending — but the senators say the cuts still put transportation spending in the red.
“The fuzzy math and sleight of hand can’t hide the fact that the President’s $ 200 billion plan is more than wiped out by other cuts to key infrastructure programs,” Schumer said in a statement.
Gillibrand, meanwhile, said the transportation spending will mean a fight in Congress, which has the ultimate power to spend money.
“The President’s budget cuts would only further delay long overdue repairs to make our transit systems more safe and reliable,” she said.
Requests for comment to the White House and its Office of Management and Budget were not returned.