On Thursday, June 11, APTA Chair Nuria Fernandez and President and CEO Paul Skoutelas sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio and Ranking Member Sam Graves expressing APTA’s strong support of H.R. 7095, the “INVEST in America Act”, which makes critical investments for surface transportation infrastructure, including $105 billion for public transportation and $60 billion for commuter rail, Amtrak, and other high-performance rail. The bill also addresses each of APTA’s Top Three Priorities and dozens of other Recommendations.
The bill recognizes the immediate need for public transit agencies to continue to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic and support our nation’s economic recovery. It also provides a long-term vision to address the more than $100 billion state-of-good-repair backlog in public transit infrastructure and meet the mobility demands of growing communities, including small urban and rural communities.
Chair Fernandez presented the letter endorsing the bill to Chair DeFazio when he briefed the Board of Directors yesterday.
The T&I Committee is planning to mark up the bill on Wednesday, June 17, with potential House Floor consideration at the beginning of July. It is important to note that T&I Committee Republicans were not included in developing the legislation and are expected to oppose the bill.
Please click here to view the APTA letter.
CALL TO ACTION
We strongly urge your organization to send letters to
Chair DeFazio is seeking all letters of support by Tuesday, June 16.
To send a letter to Chair DeFazio, please email Madeleine Pike*
To send a letter to Ranking Member Graves, please email Abigail Camp*
*Please forward a copy of your letter to TaNeesha Johnson of the APTA Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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