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New Poll Indicates Transportation's a Top Priority for New York Voters

by Stephanie Colombini
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Keith Jenkins, flickr

Transit groups predict transportation funding is going to be a hot topic this legislative session.

The poll was commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association and a similar group.  It says over sixty percent of likely primary voters in New York would think less of their representatives and senators if they do not protect the state's highway, bridge, and public transit funding in fiscal year 2015.

Rob Healy with the American Public Transportation Association says the Federal Highway Trust Fund supports more than half of New York's transportation projects.  But it's facing a serious lack of cash.  Healy says funding for existing projects could halt as early as August.  And he says a band-aid solution's not an option.

"Whether it's the Tappan Zee Bridge, or roads; many of the projects that this funding supports are multi-year, major capital investments," he said.

Some transportation organizations are suggesting raising the gas tax as a way to get more revenue for a new funding bill.  The current bill expires October 1.  

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