ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leaders of transit agencies around New York state are gathering in Albany to discuss the challenges facing mass transportation and to urge state leaders to increase support.

The New York Public Transit Association, which represents more than 130 local transportation providers, will hold its annual Transit Awareness Day on Tuesday near the state Capitol.

The day gives local and regional transit officials and advocates a chance to meet with lawmakers, who are poised to set transit funding levels in the next state budget.

Transit agencies throughout the state say greater state investments in their services would bolster local economies while also reducing traffic congestion and reducing carbon emissions from motor vehicles.