"On behalf of our 1,500 public and private sector organizations, and the riders who take nearly 10 billion trips each year, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) congratulates U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the new Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I Committee) and U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), the new Ranking Member of the T&I Committee.
“Both Chairman DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves are tireless advocates for transportation investment and have worked together in a bipartisan manner to champion initiatives that advance public transportation.
“APTA looks forward to working with both Chairman DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves to develop bipartisan infrastructure investment legislation that is critical to modernize aging and outdated infrastructure and to continue to grow the economy. As the nation’s crumbling infrastructure ages, our transportation systems are in dire need of investment. Nearly $90 billion is needed just to bring the nation’s public transportation systems into a state of good repair.
“This legislation will also expand mobility options so that people can get to jobs, schools and medical facilities. Overall, 87 percent of public transportation trips directly benefit the economy by getting people to work and connecting them to local businesses.
“APTA also looks forward to working with them on other critical issues that face our nation including reauthorization of the FAST Act.”
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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 $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 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.