/Statement from Paul P. Skoutelas President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association

Statement from Paul P. Skoutelas President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association

Statement from Paul P. Skoutelas President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association
Senate Passes H.R. 4378

2019-09-26T17:25:45-04:00September 26, 2019|

“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commends the Senate for passing H.R. 4378, the Continuing Resolution, to keep the federal government funded through November 21, 2019, by an 82-15 vote. Senate passage sends the bill to the President, who is expected to sign it.

Importantly, the stopgap spending measure states that the Rostenkowski Test cannot be conducted during this time period, temporarily preventing an impending $1.2 billion cut to public transit formula funds in fiscal year 2020. This 12 percent across-the-board cut would have impacted every public transit system nationwide if triggered.

APTA thanks the Senate Committee on Appropriations, including Chairman Richard C. Shelby, Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Subcommittee Chairman Susan M. Collins and Ranking Member Jack Reed for their leadership in including this critical provision to maintain public transportation investment.

APTA will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to increase funding levels available to maintain public transit services and support critical projects that will repair, maintain and improve our public transit systems today and in the future.”

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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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