Washington, D.C. – “On behalf of our 1,500-member organizations and the 35 million passengers public transit systems carry every weekday, APTA congratulates the Members of Congress and Senators who were elected to serve in the 116th Congress.
“We welcome the opportunity to work together to develop bi-partisan infrastructure investment legislation that will restore our public transportation systems to a state of good repair, expand services to growing communities, and keep the economy moving by creating jobs, increasing property values, and connecting people to jobs, local businesses, and health care.
“As the nation’s crumbling infrastructure ages, our transportation systems are in dire need of investment. Nearly $90 billion is needed just to bring the nation’s public transportation systems into a state of good repair. However, the return on public transit investment is significant. For every $1 billion invested in public transportation, 50,000 jobs are created. In fact, 71 percent of government investment in public transit flows through the private sector, supporting millions of jobs.
“Overall, 87 percent of public transportation trips directly benefit the economy by getting people to work and connecting them to local businesses.”
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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.