WASHINGTON (December 3, 2020) – “The bipartisan, bicameral proposal of a new $908 billion COVID-19 aid package that includes $15 billion for public transit emergency relief is a starting point for negotiations, and immediate action needs to be taken to address a ravaged public transportation industry that continues to serve Americans every day.
We urge Congress and the Administration to provide at least $32 billion in emergency funding to ensure that public transit agencies can survive and help our communities and nation recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.
The public transportation industry’s very survival is at stake. We urge both Congressional leaders and the Administration to enact COVID-19 emergency transit funding legislation before Congress adjourns for the year.”
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations which represent a $74 billion industry that directly employs 435,000 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.