The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commends U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for introducing the Update, Promote and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act. The bill would phase in a 15 cent per gallon increase in motor fuels taxes that are dedicated to public transportation and highway programs, index those taxes to inflation, and examine ways to replace these taxes with a longer term stable source of funding in the future.
“APTA urges Congress to enact a bill that increases dedicated revenues for the Highway Trust Fund, and the UPDATE Act is a sensible and effective way to address our nation’s transportation needs,” said APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy. Also, noting that APTA supports an increase in motor fuels taxes because they are user based and the most cost efficient way to provide a steady revenue stream to the Highway Trust Fund. “Congress must act to restore our transportation system to a state of good repair and provide public transportation options for our increasing population. A long-term, sustainable transportation bill is essential to grow our communities and ensure that America retains our global competitiveness.”
APTA’s recommendations for the next authorization of the surface transportation bill call on Congress to “increase current motor fuels taxes to a rate that would support growth of the federal surface transportation program in the near term, in order to bridge the gap between Highway Trust Fund revenue levels and investment needs until other, more reliable, dedicated revenue sources can be fully implemented.” APTA also supports other dedicated funding mechanisms that supplement existing dedicated revenues to ensure the long-term sustainability of growing public transportation and highway programs.
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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.