On behalf of its more than 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the association congratulates President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the new Congress on their election victories.
“APTA members stand ready to work with the Administration and Congress as the focus becomes even stronger in revitalizing our economy and creating jobs,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “We share the vision with our elected officials that investment in our transportation system is the key to economic competitiveness. We look forward to working toward stronger investment in public transportation to create a more efficient, multi-modal system which is crucial for sustained economic vitality and global competitiveness.”
“We agree with the President who said in his acceptance speech that it is time for action and not politics as usual, and we believe this applies to our investment in public transportation infrastructure,” said Flora Castillo, APTA Chair and a board member of New Jersey Transit. The public transportation industry looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to implement transportation solutions to strengthen our communities across this nation.”
APTA notes that every $1 billion invested in public transportation capital and operations creates and supports 36,000 jobs. The association also highlighted that for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is generated in economic returns.
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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.