Washington, D.C. (February 8, 2023) – Following President Biden’s second State of the Union Address, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas released the following statement:
“We applaud the Biden Administration’s continued commitment to investing in infrastructure improvements for passenger connectivity around the country. Millions of Americans in cities, suburbs and rural communities rely on public transit and passenger rail for access to jobs, education, health care and civic activities essential to vibrant communities.
“The investment in public transportation under the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) remains critical for America’s future strength, success, and prosperity. Public transportation keeps our cities and towns moving. Businesses large and small rely on transit to deliver the customers and workers they need. And local communities and economies grow as the availability of public transportation services attract new investments, residents, events, and revenue.
“This coming year, APTA and its 1,500 public- and private-sector member organizations will continue to work with the Biden Administration, Congress, and regional leaders in putting this investment to work to strengthen our nation’s public transit and passenger rail infrastructure for the future and achieve the vision that President Biden has laid out.”
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