The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) urges both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to immediately pass the Hurricane Sandy emergency supplemental bill currently being debated before the Senate.
This legislation, which provides $12 billion for transportation specific projects, is vital to restoring the transportation network in the wake of unprecedented disruptions and damage to life, property, and essential transportation infrastructure along the East Coast. While the images of the storm’s damage have largely receded from national headlines, state and local leaders and our transportation professionals are working tirelessly to fully restore the transportation infrastructure and public transit services in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
Congress should move quickly to pass the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to provide the necessary federal resources to rebuild and protect the transportation systems so that the Northeast’s economy and way of life can be restored.
To read letters that APTA sent last week to the Senate and House leadership, go to: http://www.apta.com/gap/letters/Pages/Default.aspx
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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.