NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Charles Schumer are calling for increased federal transportation funding.
They’re urging Congress to replenish the federal highway trust fund. Authority to spend money from the trust fund expires May 31.
De Blasio said that the public transportation system and the regional highways are the “lifeline” for the nation’s largest city.
He and Schumer rode the “R” train to a news conference Thursday — National Stand Up For Transportation Day — to demonstrate its importance.
“The bottom line is we need investment if we expect to have a society that works, if we expect to be able to get around, if we expect to be able to get to work,” de Blasio said.