Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2023) – American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas released the following statement:
“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) applauds Senate Appropriations Committee leaders Patty Murray (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) for their commitment to fully fund the historic public transportation investments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in S. 2437, the FY2024 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act.
“The bipartisan effort in the Senate provides the overwhelming majority of the authorized public transit and passenger rail funding, including $21.1 billion for public transit (with more than $4 billion for Capital Investment Grants (CIG)) and $16.7 billion for passenger and freight rail.
“Fully funding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will make public transit and passenger rail faster, more modern, frequent, and reliable while tackling climate change, advancing equity, and providing communities with sustainable mobility choices.
“However, the U.S. House of Representatives’ THUD Appropriations bill cuts public transit investment by $2.3 billion, slashing CIG funding to the lowest level in at least two decades. These cuts would cost America more than 100,000 jobs.
“We urge the House of Representatives to similarly honor the commitment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and fully fund public transportation investments in the FY 2024 THUD appropriations bill.”