Urgent Action Needed
Urge Your Members of Congress
to Fully Funding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
APTA strongly encourages you to urge your Representatives and Senators to honor the promise of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and fully fund public transit and passenger rail in the FY 2024 THUD Appropriations bill.
On July 18, the House Committee on Appropriations approved H.R. 4820, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024 (THUD Appropriations bill), on a party-line vote.
The House THUD Appropriations bill significantly cuts public transit and passenger rail below the authorized funding levels of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It cuts public transit investment by $2.3 billion and passenger rail investment by $2 billion from last year’s funding levels. View APTA’s Legislative Alert on the House THUD Appropriations bill.
Conversely, the Senate THUD Appropriations bill provides the overwhelming majority of public transit and passenger rail investments authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. View APTA’s Legislative Update on the Senate THUD Appropriations bill.
Here are four things you can do to make a difference:
Join APTA’s Advocacy Campaign
We ask you to join APTA’s email advocacy campaign now. APTA is focusing its advocacy efforts on the House of Representatives to urge it to provide at least $21.6 billion for public transit and $20.2 billion for passenger rail in the FY 2024 THUD Appropriations bill. These amounts would honor the promise of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Participate in APTA’s 2023 Legislative Advocacy Fly-In
Please join APTA on Thursday, September 14, 2023, for the 2023 Legislative Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, DC, to advocate for full funding of public transit and passenger rail in the FY 2024 THUD Appropriations bill. APTA will schedule in-person meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET on September 14.
The Fly-In is free to all APTA members and is financed by the APTA Business Member Activity Fund.
If you have any questions on the Fly-In, please email MMejias@apta.com, Director, Government Affairs and Advocacy.
Meet with your Member of Congress at Home
APTA strongly encourages you to take the opportunity to meet with your Representatives and Senators and let them see first-hand how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making a difference for your community.
Public transportation works for everyone by helping businesses and communities flourish, creating sustainable jobs, and supporting American families. Protecting and supporting public transportation funding keeps America on track for success, so that everyone can thrive.
View APTA’s Advocacy Communications to find messaging resources, first-hand stories, and local data that highlight the impact of public transportation on communities across the nation.
Use APTA’s Advocacy Tools
It has never been more important to make the case to Congress for public transportation investment. That is why we have created a one-stop shop explaining key advocacy tools, such as our APTA Industry Footprint and My Economic Impact Tool, for APTA members to engage with their Members of Congress both on Capitol Hill and in their Congressional Districts and States.
The APTA Industry Footprint is a great tool to share with Members of Congress, from showing how many riders utilize public transportation in their District or State, to the number of people employed in the industry. The My Economic Impact tool uses your transit agency’s budget data to calculate the economic impact of your transit service.