November 20, 2019 – Washington, DC – Today, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) joined a group of leading transportation and infrastructure focused entities in announcing “Moving America Forward: a 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure,” convened by United for Infrastructure. The bipartisan forum will be held over President’s Day Weekend 2020 on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). President’s Day Weekend marks the start of early voting in Nevada’s presidential caucuses.

“We are excited to serve as a cohost of this forum because infrastructure is a critical issue that impacts Americans in cities, suburbs and rural communities,” said Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO of APTA. “We look forward to having the candidates address how America will rebuild and expand our infrastructure and hearing their vision for improving and increasing public transportation under their administration.”

The host committee for the candidate forum represents millions of union members, public sector workers, engineers, transportation and water agencies, and manufacturers. In addition to APTA, host committee members include International Union of Operating Engineers, Transportation Workers Union, American Society of Civil Engineers, Value of Water Campaign, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Infrastructure presents both an urgent challenge and a singular opportunity for the next presidential administration to address an issue that affects every American. It is also an issue that 90 percent of Americans believe should be a priority for the next administration. Specifically, increased access to public transportation provides millions of Americans with access to jobs, education, and health care. The forum will be an opportunity for candidates to address the challenges facing America’s roads and public transit systems, bridges and railroads, ports and airports, and water and wastewater systems—and to lay out their vision for an infrastructure plan that supports a strong economy, job creation, consumer safety and national security.

The forum is convened by United for Infrastructure, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the importance of America’s infrastructure. The forum will be open to members of the press. Contact Abigail Gardner, agardner@unitedforinfrastructure.org, for more information.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 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.

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