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APTA seeks $2 billion in FY2006 transit security funding


With last week’s subway and bus bombings in London still fresh in people’s minds, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) officials are calling on the Senate to provide more funding for transit security in fiscal-year 2006.

This week, the full Senate is considering the FY2006 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which includes only $100 million for transit security. APTA officials are lobbying to increase that amount to $2 billion.

"We don’t need another wake-up call like London or Madrid," said APTA President William Millar in a prepared statement. "We need action now with Senate votes for adequate transit security funding."

In FY2005, Congress appropriated $150 million for transit security grants.

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