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Mantill Williams

Jerri Williams

 Transit Leaders, Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and FTA Administrator Discuss Economic Impacts of Public Transit Investment

 New Survey to be Released Regarding Public Support for Public Transportation Investment

APTA Hosts Media Conference Call June 3

As urban areas continue to grow and transportation networks expand to reach broader rural networks, investment in public transportation is critically important to our communities and our national economy. New data from an APTA survey conducted by the Mineta Institute shows that a growing number of people support using tax dollars for infrastructure investment in public transportation – it’s an area where dollars spent visibly leads to new jobs, environmental efficiencies and transportation opportunities. But what exactly does this investment mean for commuters, travelers and every-day citizens?

Transportation leaders from across the U.S. will discuss these issues on a national press call during APTA’s 2013 Rail Conference in Philadelphia. The panelists, including Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) General Manager Joe Casey will discuss the benefits of public transportation nationally and in local communities, taking examples from Philadelphia and its SEPTA system as a model. 

APTA’s 2013 Rail Conference runs from June 2-4 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and is the industry’s premier forum for discussing America’s public transportation infrastructure and showcasing innovations for the future. The conference is open to the media. For more information, visit

- Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO, APTA
- The Honorable Ed Rendell, Co-Chair, Building America’s Future, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
- Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administrator of the U. S. Department of Transportation
- Joe Casey, SEPTA General Manager

WHAT: Participants will discuss the public’s growing support of public transportation and provide specifics on new and ongoing projects to build and maintain systems in Philadelphia and around the country.

WHEN: Monday, June 3
10:30 a.m. EDT

DIAL-IN: (855) 410-0553
Pin Code: 353986#

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector 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 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 More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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