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Transit News

11/5/2015

Contact:

Virginia Miller
202-496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

APTA Applauds House for Passing a Surface Transportation Bill

Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

“On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), our 1,500 member organizations, and the millions of Americans that rely on public transportation, I applaud the members of the U.S. House of Representatives for coming together to pass a bipartisan, long-term surface transportation bill that will better address the needs of public transportation and highways. 

The public transportation industry is encouraged that the House has taken this action before the November 20 deadline.  While we are concerned that only three years of the proposed six year bill is funded, we will continue to work to ensure that federal funding is provided for all six years. Members of both the House and the Senate need to find adequate funding to meet past state of good repair needs ($86 billion), as well as current and future capital needs.

APTA is committed to working closely with the House and Senate members on the conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate surface transportation bills and to ensure that the final bill includes the highest funding possible.”

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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.



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