Box 6, Folder 10, Document 69

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Aid on Transit
Seen by Volpe

Atlanta in ‘Excellent Position’
For Federal Funds, He Says

By BILL COLLINS

The U.S. secretary of transportation says Atlanta will be i
an excellent position” to get two-thirds of the money for a rapi
ransit system from the federal government.

| John Volpe, former governor
| of Massachusetts and one of the |
front-runners for the vice presi-
| dential nod at ean
the 1968 Repub-
lican pyesiden-
| tial convention |
was in Atlanta

Saturday night

to address the

lth annual
| meeting of the.
| National Con-_
| ference of State
Legislative

Leaders.

The secretary, at a news con-|
ference before his speech, ex: |
plained the Nixon administra- |
tion’s $10 billion, 12-year public |
transportation bill and said At- |
lanta ‘may get the jump ae
other cities’ for funds under the |
bill, if the measure is approved
by Congress.

He said the bill would author-

ize him to make $3.1 billion
available immediately upon its
being signed into law. The fed-
eral money would be spent over
HOP Gates ee eae eae
“He also said Atlanta would be
| “in an excellent position”’ to get
|a federal grant totaling two-|
thirds of the cost of a rapid |
transit system because of the
planning it has done and also be-

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cause it is one of five ‘‘center
cities.” eee
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VOLPE POINTED OUT, how-
ever, that under the proposed
bill no one state could get more
than 12% per cent of the total
appropriation,

He also told newsmen the
Vietnam war is not draining |
funds he has requested for his
department and added, ‘The ad-
ministration and the director of
the Bureau of the Budget have
approved the two transportation
bills I have requested.”

Volpe says the two measures
he would like to see enacted in-
clude the $10.1-billion public
transportation bill and the air-
port-airways bill which would
provide $2.5 billion for air-traffic
control and $2.5 billion for con-
struction of new airports and ex-
plansion of existing facilities.

He said the administration is
eoneerned about in-flight
erashes and feels the airport-
airways bill would help diminish
he possibility of future colli-
sions,

With $2.5 billion of the air-
port-airways bill, Volpe ex-
slained, the federal government |
would work towards develop- |
ment of a fully automated sys-
m G—<'r-traffie control sys-

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eration in solving the
problems. ——,

“Much of the glamour, power
and prestige that once sur-
rounded state Capitols shifted to
Washington in the past 25
years,”’ he said.

“And when the power went to
Washington, many of the tal-
ented young men went also.
Washington has been the mecea
for} young Americans who

ted to dedicate their lives to
fulfillment of the American
dréam,” he added.

VOLPE SAID there has been
a trend towards reversing the
rowing dependence on the fed-
eral government in the past few
years

“This new trend first became
strongly evident under Presi-
dent son,” he added.

“But President Nixon has
gone a Step further. He has pro-
posed a program of revenue
sharing between the states and
Washington. And, although it is
a modest beginning, it will be
stepped up,’ Volpe said.

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