APTA Statement on Senate Passage of Transportation Bill

Jul 30, 2015, 16:06 ET from American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) congratulates the U.S. Senate on passage of a multi-year transportation bill that provides for increased investment for public transportation and transportation.

"On behalf of the riders who take 10.8 billion trips on public transportation each year, we congratulate the U. S. Senate for its leadership in moving forward a multi-year bill," said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.  "It is a good starting point and takes us closer to passage of legislation that helps our communities and country increase transportation options and continue to be economically competitive.      

"However, the job is not done yet. Congress should work to fully fund the six years of the bill.  We also urge the House of Representatives to act expeditiously after it returns from the August recess so that final legislation is completed before the October 29 deadline.

"We look forward to working with the House of Representatives on development of its bill and with the entire Congress as it reaches agreement on fully funded multi-year legislation. 

"APTA continues to recommend to Congress that a more sustainable long-term financing solution is needed for the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account to prevent repeated financing crises." 

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.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

Contact:
Virginia Miller
(202) 496-4816
vmiller@apta.com

 

SOURCE American Public Transportation Association (APTA)