The Trump administration continues to discuss the release of a formal proposal on its infrastructure initiative. While Congress is likely to be preoccupied with other issues in the near term, rumors about the release of an administration proposal in the coming month persist. Members of the President’s National Economic Council (NEC), which has been tasked with advancing the issue, are scheduled to meet with a group of stakeholders on Wednesday, August 30, and also with a separate delegation from APTA’s leadership on Friday, September 1. APTA is working to ensure that the importance of public transportation is raised by our industry partners at the August 30 meeting.
However, given the administration’s posture toward federal public transportation programs to date, it is more important than ever that we continue to urge Congress to include public transportation in any infrastructure bill. Congress will ultimately have to negotiate the details of any infrastructure plan proposed by the President, and we need to tell them clearly that transit is an essential part of the nation’s surface transportation system and that any federal effort to invest in the nation’s infrastructure must include public transportation investment. Please help us in our efforts and reach out to your Congressional delegation today!