On behalf of the 1,500 organization members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), I offer our condolences to the people of Brussels and to all who have lost loved ones and friends in today’s horrific attacks on public transportation and airport sites,” said Valarie J. McCall, APTA Chair and board member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. “We stand united with the people of Brussels.”
Noting that safety and security is the number one priority for public transportation systems, APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said, “As a result of these unthinkable attacks, public transit systems nationwide are implementing expanded security measures.
“APTA also reminds the millions of transit riders in the United States to be vigilant and observant, as well, and to report any unattended bags or suspicious behavior,” said Melaniphy. “If you see something, say something. We all need to work together to make sure that our public transit systems are as safe and secure as possible.”
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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.