“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commends U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for introducing the Update, Promote and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act. The bill would phase in a 15-cent per gallon increase in motor fuels taxes that are dedicated to public transit and highway programs, index those taxes to inflation, and examine ways to replace these taxes with another stable funding mechanism by 2024. APTA has long supported an increase in dedicated revenues for the Highway Trust Fund.
It is imperative that Congress address the impending shortfall for federal transit and highway programs in FY2015. Our federal government must increase transportation investment to address our aging infrastructure and provide the transportation options that are necessary for our country to prosper and remain economically competitive.
While APTA would support a variety of mechanisms to fund these critical federal transportation programs, we support the UPDATE Act as a sensible and effective approach to address the projected shortfall.”
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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.