Environment: Help for Mass Transit

Connecticut Senator Lowell Weicker Jr. thought the money was "totally inadequate." But the Congressmen, Governors and mayors gathered in the East Room of the White House last week were delighted.

They had come to watch President Gerald Ford sign an $11.8 billion mass-transportation bill. The money, which will be distributed to cities and states over the next six years, is the largest federal subsidy ever approved for mass transit and the first to include funds for the day-to-day operations of urban rail, bus and subway systems.

The $4 billion set aside by Congress for operating...

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