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Virginia Miller
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 Statement by APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy

 Don’t Text and Drive…Text and Ride

“I commend U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood for focusing on the important issue of safe driving and releasing a Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving. 

On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association, I want to remind people that while they shouldn’t text and drive, they can text and ride on a bus or a train.  We encourage anyone who wants to text, surf the internet, or tweet while traveling, to do so safely on public transportation.”



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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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