“Yesterday was a huge success as more than 350 organizations from across the country in small, medium, and large communities participated in the Stand Up for Transportation Day, a grassroots local advocacy day,” said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “There were more than 150 community events with many elected officials, business, community, and transportation leaders, and public transit riders. Also, #standup4publictransportation was the third highest trending topic in the United States yesterday.”
Stand Up For Transportation Day was the initiative of APTA Chair Phillip Washington, the CEO of Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD). In Denver, nearly 400 people turned out to join the RTD and its many partners, including the Denver mayor, for a unity parade and rally as a part of Stand Up For Transportation Day. Here’s a photo of the march in Denver that included hundreds of people.
“I was thrilled to see that people from all walks of life, in Denver and throughout America, came together to tell Congress that federal funding for public transportation is essential and they need to pass a long-term transportation bill,” said RTD CEO Phillip Washington. “This is a national movement and we are not going away. Congress needs to act now to pass long-term, sustainable transportation funding.”
“The message is loud and clear. Americans want Congress to make transportation funding a priority and pass a multi-year, well-funded transportation bill,” said Melaniphy.
The current federal transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31, 2015. Yesterday, APTA released a report which shows how a lack of federal funding would cut the economy by $227 billion and would result in a 43 percent cut in public transit system budgets. This would have a disastrous impact on public transportation systems and the communities they serve.
“A long-term transportation bill is urgently needed to help our local and national economies grow and to provide crucial funding for public transportation infrastructure,” said Melaniphy.
To see who participated and sponsored events in communities across the country, go to: www.standup4transportation.org.
To read APTA’s analysis on the impact of the loss of federal funding, go to: https://www.apta.com
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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.