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BAY AREA TRANSIT LEADERS IN WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY TO FIGHT PROPOSED CUTS

 BAY AREA TRANSIT LEADERS
 IN WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY TO FIGHT PROPOSED CUTS
 WHAT: Bay Area transit leaders will ask Congress for the first installment of the recently enacted six-year, $151-billion surface transportation bill. Specifically, the delegation will ask for a $100 million earmark to keep the BART extension to San Francisco Airport and the Tasman light-rail project in Santa Clara County on schedule. These funds are threatened by the president's budget proposal, which would slash 1993 authorized levels for mass transit by 43 percent, from $5.2 billion to $3 billion. Local officials will also lobby against the Bush administration's proposal to eliminate federal operating assistance for mass transit in large urban areas. In the Bay Region, $28 million in yearly operating assistance is at stake.
 WHEN AND WHERE: The delegation will make its case Wednesday, April 29, at 11 a.m. before the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358, Washington.
 WHO: Bay Area transit officials, including Robert Schroder, Contra Costa County supervisor and chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Work Program Committee; Santa Clara County Supervisor and MTC Commissioner Rod Diridon, representing the Santa Clara County Transit District; John Woodbury, chairman of the AC Transit Board of Directors; and Tom Margro, assistant general manager of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).
 WHY: Proposed transit cuts undermine the new federal transportation bill, signed by the president last December, which was intended to put mass transit and highways on an even footing in terms of funding. The administration's budget cuts also are unrealistic at a time when mass transit is expected to shoulder a major burden in meeting the sweeping federal mandates of the Clean Air Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
 NOTE TO REPORTERS: To contact MTC commissioners or other delegation members in Washington, call Tom Bulger, MTC's legislative advocate, at 202-775-0079. MTC is the regional transportation planning and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
 CONTACT: Tom Bulger, 202-775-0079, for MTC; or Ellen Griffin of MTC, 510-464-7847.
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