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 Media Advisory



Mantill Williams
(202) 496-4869

 Business and Local Transit Leaders Call on Congress to Reject House Ways and Means Committee Transportation Funding Proposal

 APTA to release new information on the negative impact the proposal has

Media Conference Call on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11 am EST

Late last week, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee voted to divert $25 billion in dedicated fuels tax revenues from the Mass Transit Account, undermining 30 years of bipartisanship for a national multi-modal transportation system. In response, a broad coalition of leaders joined together to call on Congress to reject this short-sighted proposal.  These funding provisions will impact the millions of Americans who rely on public transit systems to get to work, to school, or to the doctor.  Private sector jobs will also be lost and public transit systems will be constrained without a long-term dedicated funding source.

This broad coalition will discuss the dire consequences this proposal will have for the millions of Americans who rely on public transit every day.  APTA will also release new information that discusses the negative impact the House Ways and Means Committee proposal could have on bonding and building multi-year projects.


  • Michael Melaniphy, American Public Transportation Association
    President and CEO
  • Gary Thomas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
    President and CEO
  • The Honorable Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, UT
    Mayor, Salt Lake City
  • Janet Kavinoky, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Executive Director of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • John Horsley, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
    Executive Director
  • William D. Ankner, PhD
    Finance Consultant, Former Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, Louisiana

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11 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 sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are 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 is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.

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