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American Public Transportation Association

Media Advisory

3/30/2012

Contact:

Virginia Miller
(202) 496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

APTA Commends Congress and President Obama  Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commends Congress on approving an extension of the surface transportation law and commends President Obama for signing this 90-day extension into law. Now our congressional leaders need to make sure that a long-term surface transportation bill passes and reaches the President’s desk before the June 30 deadline.

Passage of this transportation extension has given our elected officials the time to work out differences and find a solution.  The surface transportation bill is now 2 ½ years overdue and it is time to come to the table and pass this important legislation.

We look forward to working with the House in a bipartisan manner to develop a surface transportation authorization bill that preserves funding and dedicated revenues for public transportation. 

APTA is encouraging its members to meet with their congressional representatives while they are in their home districts from March 30 through April 15.”

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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.

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