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Transit News

9/13/2012

Contact:

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

Statement on the Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Act

Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

“Yesterday, one day after the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3857, The Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act.  Among other things, the Act reauthorizes the public transportation security assistance program through fiscal year 2013, authorizing vital resources to public transportation agencies across the country to fortify our transit systems against terrorist attack.

APTA applauds Representatives Bob Turner (R-NY), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), and the other sponsors of the bill, as well as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY), and Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS), for their bipartisan effort to shepherd this bill to passage in the House.   APTA will continue to advocate for more federal funding as the safety and security of our nation’s public transit riders are the highest priorities of our industry.”

 

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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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