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Nick Fabiani
(202) 778-1300

 Public Transportation Industry Private Sector Business Leaders Discuss Negative Effects of Delaying New Transportation Authorization Bill


APTA Hosts Media Conference Call Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at 11:00 am EST

On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address calling for increased investment in the nations’ transportation infrastructure, it is important that Congress act on the passage of a long-term federal surface transportation authorization bill and not let it fall by the wayside. A new survey of private sector businesses in the public transportation industry shows a grim economic outlook for the industry should Congress continue to delay passing new authorization legislation, including likely layoffs, hiring freezes for workers in the communities they serve,and revenue decreases.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is hosting a media conference call with private sector business leaders in the transportation industry to discuss the survey, which is being released on Feb. 1.


  • Bill Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association
    APTA president for more than a decade,Bill Millaris a nationally-recognized expert on the public transit industry and transportation policy.
  • David L. Turney, Chairman and CEO of the DRI Corporation
    Dallas, Texas – DRIproduces digital communications technology used by public transit systems around the globe, including electronic destination sign systems, voice announcement systems, Internet-based passenger information and automatic vehicle locationmonitoring systems.
  • Jeffrey Wharton, President of IMpulse NC
    Mount Olive, North Carolina – ImpulseNC manufactures the overhead electrification contact systems that run light rail, trolleybus, streetcar and high-speed rail transit networks.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:00 am EST

RSVP: Please e-mail Nick Fabiani at or call (202) 778-1300 to register for the call. Dial-in information will be sent upon RSVP.

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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.

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