“On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association, we are pleased that President Barack Obama released a six-year transportation bill that increases funding for public transportation by over 100%. We support the efforts of the Administration to move this proposal forward because investing in public transit is essential to creating American jobs and boosting our economy.
This proposal demonstrates that the Administration understands the important role public transportation plays in getting people to work and putting people to work. It includes a continuing commitment to high-speed and intercity passenger rail, improvements to keep our systems in a state of good repair, and a focus on livable communities. The proposal includes improvements in streamlining delivery of public transit programs.
We are committed to working with the Administration and Congress to move transportation 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 member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity 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.