“On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), we commend the Congress for passage of a bipartisan surface transportation bill titled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP21)”. Previously, the public transportation industry was operating under nine short-term extensions of the surface transportation authorization since 2009. MAP21 provides for stable funding for public transportation for two years and will go through September 2014. This new bill will provide for a greater degree of certainty for public transit agencies and private sector businesses as they maintain, plan and implement public transportation projects. It includes improvements to keep our systems in a state of good repair; streamlines delivery of public transit projects; provides funding for new start projects and for a bus replacement and a bus facility program.
We urge the President to sign this bill into law because investing in public transit is essential to creating American jobs and boosting our economy. We applaud the Congress for moving forward a measure that will have a great impact on the millions of Americans who rely on public transportation everyday for their transportation needs. We look forward to working with the Congress and Administration as we help implement this jobs bill for the nation.”
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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.