A group of senators led by Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., were poised late yesterday to introduce legislation that would provide public transit systems across the country with $2 billion of emergency operating funds to help ease the strain on their budgets.

The bill is to be co-sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.,  who chairs the Senate Banking subcommittee on housing, transportation, and community development. Co-sponsors are expected to include Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

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