WASHINGTON (May 19, 2021) – Building on the momentum of a virtual Legislative Conference that included an all-star lineup of Administration and Congressional leaders, including Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, today the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) hosts a virtual member Fly-In, holding more than 200 virtual meetings with almost 50 Members of Congress and key Congressional staff.
As part of this day of Congressional advocacy, APTA members are urging legislators to significantly increase investment in public transit and passenger rail to modernize these systems and meet the growing and evolving mobility demands of communities. APTA transit agency CEOs, Policy Board members, and business members will encourage Congress to ensure that public transportation and passenger rail are the cornerstone of both the surface transportation authorization and infrastructure bills.
“We appreciate members of Congress and their staffs taking the time to meet with our public- and private-sector members and discuss the essential role public transportation is playing in keeping our society working, and the indispensable role it will play in America’s social and economic recovery,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “We also thank our APTA members, who have carved out time in their schedules to advocate on behalf of forward-looking infrastructure investment that modernizes public transit systems and meets the growing mobility demands of cities and communities large and small.”
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations which represent a $74 billion industry that directly employs 435,000 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.