“On behalf of the more than 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), we congratulate Elaine Chao, an individual with extensive federal government experience, on her nomination by President-Elect Donald Trump for the Cabinet position of U.S. Secretary of Transportation. We are grateful to have an experienced leader in this position who has previously served at the highest levels at the Department of Labor and the Department of Transportation.
As the former U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001-2009, Chao is well aware of the concerns of working people and economic competitiveness. Public transportation offers job access for millions of American workers. Also, since transportation is the backbone of an economy, public transportation is critical to local and national economic competitiveness.
We are pleased that Chao also has experience with transportation, serving first at the Maritime Administration under President Ronald Reagan and then later as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush.
The public transportation industry is ready to work with Chao on President-Elect Trump’s infrastructure initiative and advance public transportation nationwide.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of more than 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.