WASHINGTON (June 22, 2022) – On the eve of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee markup of its transportation appropriations bill, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) members will meet today with key Members of Congress to emphasize the importance of fully funding their commitment to public transportation, including both public transit and passenger rail investments authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
“We appreciate Members of Congress and their staffs taking the time to meet with our public- and private-sector members. We are taking this time to ensure that the promise of the IIJA is realized and that public transit succeeds in our essential role in keeping our society working, and to keeping America’s social and economic recovery going through the full implementation of the IIJA,” 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 the forward-looking infrastructure investment of the past year that will modernize public transit systems and meet the growing mobility demands of cities and communities large and small.”
As part of this day of Congressional advocacy, APTA transit agency CEOs, transit board members, and business members will encourage Congress to ensure that public transportation and passenger rail funds are available to build our infrastructure of the future. APTA members will meet directly with several key Members of Congress, including Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), and Tim Scott (R-SC), and Representatives Mike Carey (R-OH), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chris Jacobs (R-NY), Mariannette Miller- Meeks (R-IA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Donald Payne (D-NJ) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA).
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public- and private-sector organizations which represent a $80 billion industry that directly employs 448,000 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.