Washington, D.C.- The American Public Transportation Association commends the President’s budget proposal for its continued support for public transportation investment and the development of a national high- speed passenger rail system.
APTA Chair Flora Castillo commented on the administration’s proposal, “On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association, we are pleased that President Barack Obama continues to support the extensive infrastructure investment that will create jobs and expand opportunities for Americans to travel to work and from community to community.
APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy stated, “This proposal fully funds MAP-21 and demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to public transportation and the role it plays in getting people to work and putting people to work. The budget also proposes an additional $9 billion for critical transit infrastructure improvements, including $6 billion for Transit State of Good Repair, $500 million for New Start core capacity projects, and $2.5 billion for Urban and Rural Transit programs. This is in addition to a continued commitment to high-speed and intercity passenger rail, and a focus on livable communities. We look forward to working with Congress as it reviews the Administration proposal and to finding a long-term solution to the trust fund financing that supports these important investments.”
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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.