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 Transit News

 1/31/2012

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Mantill Williams
(202) 496-4869
mwilliams@apta.com

 Public Transit Industry Encouraged by Movement in Congress towards Investment in Multi-Year Transportation Bill

 Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

“On behalf of the 1500 members of the American Public Transportation Association, we are pleased that the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. Senate Banking Committee introduced multi-year bills to address the nation’s public transportation.  We support the efforts of both these legislative bodies moving forward because investing in public transit and roads is essential to creating jobs and boosting our economy.

“Our initial analysis of both the House and Senate bills shows that they include positive policy changes that the public transit industry sought.  These include improvements in project delivery, innovative financing and public/private sector partnerships.  

“Both houses of Congress will need to address the financing required to support the legislation and it is important to the public transit industry that revenues for the Mass Transit Account continue to be dedicated to public transportation investment. 

“We are committed to working with both the House of Representatives and the Senate committees to move this legislation forward to create American jobs and ensure that the United States remains economically competitive.”         

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 The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector 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 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.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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