Statement by American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President William Millar
“On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), I applaud President Obama for emphasizing the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure to create American jobs and move to a better future.
Good public transportation, high-speed rail, and highway infrastructure is the foundation not only for creating and supporting American jobs, but also for stimulating economic growth and prosperity. Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports 36,000 jobs. In today’s tough economic climate, greater federal investment in transportation infrastructure will help our economy rebound.
I also commend President Obama for his continued vision and dedication to implementing high-speed rail in the United States. This new high-speed rail industry will create much-needed American jobs and change the way we travel in the 21st century.
This is not the time to be complacent; it is the time to go forward with a vision of a better future. Rebuilding America through transportation infrastructure investment is something that cannot wait. It is our fervent hope that President Obama and Congress will fashion a well-funded, long-term, multi-year surface transportation authorization bill this year. The public transportation industry offers our full support to President Obama and Congress as they work to enact this critical legislation.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private member 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 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.