Congressman Adriano Espaillat wants the federal government's coronavirus stimulus to help public transit agencies around the country.


NEW YORK, NY — Harlem's representative in Washington, D.C. is demanding that the stimulus bill currently being debated in Congress include federal aid for public transit agencies around the country such as New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Adriano Espaillat wrote a letter to congressional leaders of both parties including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Chairman Kevin McCarthy on Sunday urging the lawmakers to "consider critical support for public transit agencies and include provisions that will allow them to return to normal operations while continuing their important, stimulating capital projects."

The Harlem representative, a Democrat first elected in 2016, wrote that public transit agencies around the country are facing "immediate, enormous funding gaps due to sharp declines in ridership." In some cities, public transit ridership has plummeted as much as 90% as people are being told to stay at home.

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