WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2021) – “The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), on behalf of the entire public transportation industry, urges immediate passage of the newly proposed H.R. ____, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill for Federal Fiscal Year 2022. This legislation provides $15.5 billion for public transit and $4.1 billion for passenger and freight rail. If enacted, the public transit and passenger rail investments would be the highest annual funding levels in history. It also includes $1.2 billion for Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) infrastructure grants.
APTA thanks House Committee on Appropriations Chair Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), House Committee on Appropriations Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX), House Committee on Appropriations THUD Subcommittee Chairman David E. Price (D-NC), and House Committee on Appropriations THUD Subcommittee Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) for their efforts in moving the legislation forward.
The bill’s historic investment in public transit and passenger rail infrastructure will put the nation on a path to increase access to opportunities for all Americans and build more equitable communities, while also addressing the mobility, environmental and sustainability challenges facing our communities, nation, and the world.
We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Biden Administration to achieve our shared goal of meeting the growing and evolving mobility demands of our cities and communities. The time is now for transformational, once-in-a-generation public transit and passenger rail infrastructure investment and this bill is a great start.”
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.