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.”