Statement by APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas

“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) appreciates and applauds California Governor Gavin Newsom’s commitment to the long-term goal of bringing high-speed rail to California and to continued improvements of local and regional public transportation systems.

“The Governor said that the state will focus first on completing the 119-mile Central Valley phase in the near term, while completing environmental assessments and seeking funding for the entire project.

“The investments made to date have created thousands of jobs and will produce dramatic improvements in mobility through clean, efficient public transportation.

“APTA is committed to working with Governors and local leaders to support their efforts in advancing vital investment projects that require strong federal, state and local partnerships.

“Improving and expanding our nation’s transportation system is critical, and APTA urges Congress and the Trump Administration to make infrastructure investment a priority this year, which will benefit millions of Americans across the country.”​

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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 $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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