American Jobs Are On The Line
February 11, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Virginia Miller
In Adobe PDF Format)
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commends the Senate
for advancing a bipartisan TEA 21 reauthorization bill, which includes increased
funding for investment in America's transportation infrastructure. Increased
investment in public transportation will stimulate the economy, create jobs,
and reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
"Jobs in the transportation industry are long-term, high-paying jobs&##133;the
kind of jobs America needs now more than ever," said William W. Millar,
President of APTA, at a TEA 21 reauthorization event held today by the Senate
APTA applauds the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Banking, Environment
& Public Works, Finance, and Commerce Committees for developing a bill
that would provide funding guarantees to ensure effective, long-range planning
of public transportation projects.
"Guaranteed funding allows for rational planning and implementation
of projects, and helps to establish strong public-private partnerships that
create real jobs," said Millar.
Some of the specific economic benefits that result from investment in public
- Transit generates jobs and a 6-to-1 return on investment. Every $1 billion
invested generates 47,500 jobs;
- Transit relieves traffic congestion and improves business productivity;
- Transit reduces energy consumption and achieves clean air standards;
- Transit stimulates economic development around stations;
- Transit helps maintain the vitality of our nation's business centers;
- Transit connects workers to jobs in urban, suburban and rural areas.
"American jobs are on the line," said Millar. "S. 1072 will
create jobs. America needs more jobs now."
APTA is a nonprofit international association of more
than 1,500 member organizations including public transportation systems; planning,
design, construction and finance firms; product and service providers; academic
institutions, and state associations and departments of transportation. APTA
members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical
public transportation services and products. Over ninety percent of persons
using public transportation in the United States and Canada are served by