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American Public Transportation Association

 To Representative Renacci in Support of the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act, Increases Dedicated Revenue for HTF

 4/9/2015

The Honorable James Renacci
United States House of Representatives
328 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Renacci:
 
On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its more than 1,500 member organizations, we are writing in support of the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act which increases dedicated revenues for the Highway Trust Fund by immediately indexing the gas tax and forming a bipartisan, bicameral commission to work on a long-term sustainable funding source for the highway trust fund. APTA supports an increase in motor fuels taxes because they are user based and the most cost efficient way to provide a steady revenue stream to the Highway Trust Fund. 

Currently, system needs far surpass available resources from all levels of government. At the federal level, fuel taxes dedicated to the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund, last raised in 1993, have lost more than 37 percent of their purchasing power. A long-term, sustainable funding source for public transportation is essential to grow our communities and ensure that America retains our global competitiveness. APTA’s recommendations for the next authorization of the surface transportation bill call on Congress to “increase current motor fuels taxes to a rate that would support growth of the federal surface transportation program in the near term, in order to bridge the gap between Highway Trust Fund revenue levels and investment needs until other, more reliable, dedicated revenue sources can be fully implemented.” 

Thank you again for your leadership on this issue. Passage of the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act will provide Congress a mechanism to find a long-term sustainable funding for transportation, and still allow the highway trust fund to maintain funding if there is no agreement. If you have any questions, please have your staff contact Brian Tynan of APTA’s Government Affairs Department at (202) 496-4897 or email btynan@apta.com.​
Sincerely,

Michael P. Melaniphy
President & CEO
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