"On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), I applaud the Senate Banking Committee for its work on the Public Transportation Safety Act of 2010 which was approved by the committee today.
Safety is the number one priority for the public transportation industry and we welcome the effort to make one of the safest modes of transportation – rail transit -- even safer. We are encouraged that the Senate Banking Committee worked closely with the public transit industry as it developed the bill. We look forward to continuing this dialogue as the legislation advances in the Senate.
The bill also recognizes the importance of having capital assets of transit systems in good repair and of having asset management programs that track capital assets. However, in order to ensure that transit operators have the most up-to-date vehicles and facilities, we urge Congress to do several important things. First, it needs to increase federal investment in public transportation and second, Congress needs to pass a six-year, surface transportation authorization bill as soon as possible. The longer we wait for authorization legislation to pass, the longer it will take to put into place new capital improvements that will provide greater safety for the millions of people who take public transportation every day.
Safety is all about continuous improvement, and we look forward to working with Congress on this important legislation."
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of more than 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada are served by APTA member systems.