The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) applauds the Obama Administration for its continued leadership in creating a high-speed rail network in the United States. Today in Philadelphia, Vice President Biden announced a comprehensive plan that would give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years.
“High-speed rail will create a new industry that will lead to hundreds of thousands of much-needed American jobs. The Obama Administration’s commitment to high-speed rail is a commitment to building a better future for everyone,” said APTA President William Millar. “Investing in our country’s transportation infrastructure is vital for economic growth, competitiveness, and quality of life. In addition, the formation of a high-speed rail network that connects to public transportation will relieve both highway and aviation congestion.”
APTA also applauds the Obama Administration’s “Build Week” tour to highlight public transportation and highway projects. In addition to today’s high-speed rail announcement, the Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff visited the Capital Area Transit in Raleigh, North Carolina, to see the new operations and maintenance facility that is being built with federal funds.
Public transportation is a proven job creator as every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports 36,000 jobs. Also, for every $1 invested in public transit, $4 is generated in economic returns.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are 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 is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.