CHAPTER 405

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 915

AN ACT MAKING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION FOR THE DELAWARE AUTHORITY FOR REGIONAL TRANSIT DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1974.

WHEREAS, the Delaware Authority for Regional Transit has been required to increase its bus fleet by 27% to meet increased demands due to the recent energy crisis; and

WHEREAS, fuel costs have risen 158% during the current fiscal year which resulted in $81,000 additional expenses; and

WHEREAS, to meet the demands imposed by the energy crisis and provide additional service to the citizens of New Castle County, it was necessary to increase the number of bus operators by 30%; and

WHEREAS, conditions imposed through the Union Contract with the bus operators and maintenance employees, dictated a cost of living increase of 5% to those employees; and

WHEREAS, the rent at 1609 Delaware Avenue was increased threefold and the increasing physical deterioration combined to force the Delaware Authority for Regional Transit to relocate and incur costs for moving, and converting their current headquarters for bus operations; and

WHEREAS, the Delaware Authority for Regional Transit, in order to maintain mass transit service to the residents of Delaware, requires funds presently and during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1974;

NOW, THEREFORE:

Section 1. The sum of $276,000 is hereby appropriated to the Department of Highways and Transportation to be paid to the Delaware Authority for Regional Transit for the fiscal year ending June 80, 1974.

Section 2. This act is a supplementary appropriation for the fiscal year 1974 and the money appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of funds in the General Fund of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated.

Approved June 28, 1974.