"Transportation is the economic backbone of our country. The transportation infrastructure investments that were made by previous generations created a great country built on economic opportunity.
On behalf of the 1,500 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) members, I applaud President Obama for highlighting the importance of investing in our country’s transportation so that economic prosperity and global competitiveness continue. Maintaining the status quo would be a step backwards and a grave mistake. It is essential that the federal government significantly invest in public transportation to ensure our country’s economic well-being.
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposes a six-year surface transportation plan that would increase the federal investment in public transportation and inter-city passenger rail. The proposal would create new, dedicated funding for public transportation, inter-city passenger rail and highways, to better address needs in all these areas.
This higher level of investment would not only help to address the aging infrastructure needs of public transit systems, but also allow for expanded public transit systems to meet the growing demand. In 2013, 10.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation systems, the highest ridership recorded in 57 years.
APTA recognizes that the revenue solution remains to be determined. However, the time has come to act. We urge President Obama and the leaders of Congress to work together on this critical bipartisan issue so that the passage of a new multi-year, multimodal bill is done this year and the American Dream can continue.”
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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.