“On behalf of the 1,500 members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), we commend the U.S. Congress and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for their leadership in awarding nearly $211 million in grants as a result of the re-establishment of the competitive Bus & Bus Facilities Program of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).
We applaud the leadership of U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, for providing clear direction to the FTA to address critical public transportation needs in the FAST Act. In addition, we recognize Acting Federal Transit Administrator Carolyn Flowers for her guidance in helping public transit agencies work toward the goal of maintaining a state of good repair for their vehicles and equipment.
These competitive grants are a good start in helping the industry upgrade its bus and bus facilities which are in urgent need of replacement and repair. Clearly, more needs to be done in this area.
We look forward to continuing to work with both the Congress and the Administration in addressing FTA’s estimate of $86 billion backlog of state of good repair needs for the nation’s public transit systems.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, 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.