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Schumer vows to fight mass transit funding cut

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Federal dollars that help the NFTA and other mass transit agencies across New York state are "under attack," according to Sen. Charles Schumer.

Schumer says the House recently passed a transportation bill that cuts more than $1.5 billion over the life of the six-year bill.

"It has our transit authorities just furious. They budgeted for it and it's an absolute travesty to pull the rug out from under them at the last minute," Schumer said Monday.  

The Brooklyn Democrat is vowing to fight to keep the funding in the final bill, which must still be reconciled between the House and the Senate.

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel says Metro Bus and Rail could lose about 25 percent of its federal funding. If that happens, Minkel says the NFTA would be forced to "make difficult choices."