Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), other House leaders, and the House Democratic Caucus released a new $760 billion proposal this morning, outlining their plan to address America’s growing infrastructure needs. The proposal calls for an investment of $434 billion over five years in surface transportation, including $105 billion for public transit and $55 billion for passenger rail.
“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) applauds House Democratic leaders proposed framework to rebuild and expand America’s infrastructure, particularly the focus on critical funding for public transit and passenger rail infrastructure,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “This framework includes important provisions for maintaining and expanding our public transportation infrastructure, and represents a commitment to growing our communities, supporting jobs, and providing expanded mobility options.”
“APTA has emphatically urged lawmakers that now is the time to invest more in our nation’s public transportation infrastructure to help our communities provide critical public transit services. Public transportation provides millions of Americans with access to jobs, education, and health care. We applaud House leaders for jump starting the infrastructure debate and look forward to working with Congress on a bipartisan basis to move forward with legislation that will repair, maintain and improve our public transit and passenger rail systems today and in the future.”
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.