On behalf of its more than 1,500 members, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) congratulates United States Representative William “Bill” Shuster (R-PA) on his election as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“APTA members look forward to working with Congressman Shuster and the Committee as they focus on revitalizing our economy and creating jobs through investment in America’s transportation infrastructure,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “As the 113th Congress deals with the many challenges ahead, we believe a strong focus on our transportation system is the key to economic competitiveness.”
“We are excited about 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,” Melaniphy added. “It will take a strong bi partisan effort of working together as we put people back to work by investing in 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.