“Senator Frank Lautenberg was a strong advocate for public transportation, not only in New Jersey, but nationwide,” said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Chair Flora Castillo, who is also a board member of NJ Transit. “We mourn the passing of a great leader. His leadership in advancing public transportation and intercity rail will be sorely missed.”
“On behalf of the 1,500 APTA members and the millions of Americans who take public transportation in the United States, I want to express our deep appreciation for Senator Lautenberg’s contributions to public transportation,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “Public transit and passenger rail has not had a stronger champion in Congress over the past 30 years.”
Senator Frank Lautenberg received APTA’s National Distinguished Service Award in 1994 for his work on public transportation legislation.
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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.