In a letter sent to the President and House and Senate leaders, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) strongly urges the Administration and Congress to find common ground and open the federal government.  According to a survey conducted by APTA January 9-15, more than one-third (36 percent) of public transit agency members indicated  that the government shutdown is substantially impacting their operations and/or capital programs.

“This record government shutdown is having critical impacts on public transit systems across the country that are compounding daily,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas and APTA Chair David M. Stackrow, Sr. in APTA’s letter to Congress. “Agencies report cutting back service, delaying hiring, transferring capital funds to operations, using reserve funds, and other direct impacts.  With each passing day, these impacts become worse.”

Under the government shutdown, the Federal Transit Administration is not able to execute grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts.  Public transportation agencies, which rely on grants to support operations and capital projects, are not receiving any reimbursements for previously approved projects and expended funds.

The APTA letter further states that the shutdown is also beginning to delay important progress to repair, maintain and expand needed public transportation services. Delaying these projects adds costs to the current $90 billion backlog in state-of-good-repair priorities, prevents expansion of public transit in some of the nation’s fastest-growing communities, and impedes mobility for millions of people.

APTA strongly urges Congress and the administration to find common ground and end the DOT shutdown.

To see the full letter to the President and Congress, click here​.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 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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