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American Public Transportation Association

 Transit News

 5/9/2011

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Mantill Williams
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 APTA Applauds New Investments in High-Speed Rail by Obama Administration

 

Statement by American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President William Millar

“This investment in high-speed and intercity rail is an important step toward bringing America’s transportation system into the 21st century.  The $2 billion additional investment builds upon the current momentum for high-speed and intercity rail and helps carry forward the projects already underway in many states.  These projects are creating jobs and building more energy efficient, cost effective solutions to our strained infrastructure.

“For every $1 billion invested in high-speed rail, more than 24,000 jobs are supported or created.  This proposal provides $795 million to the most heavily used section of the Northeast corridor, $404.1 million to expand high-speed rail service in the Midwest, $300 million toward extending the Central Valley project – which is part of the Los Angeles to San Francisco corridor as well as other smaller projects around the nation.  The investments will go directly to construction and this 21st century rail system will help spur permanent jobs in these regions.

“These investments will help to ensure this expansion can continue throughout the country.  Now, more than ever, it is true that for a higher quality of life, a cleaner environment, and economic growth, public transportation including high-speed and intercity passenger rail takes us there.”

 

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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