“The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is thrilled that Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) have stepped forward to offer this critical bipartisan amendment to H.R. 3055 to permanently block an impending $1.2 billion cut to public transportation investment with implementation of the Rostenkowski Test.
Without legislative action, every public transit agency in the nation will suffer a 12 percent across-the-board cut to transit formula funds this year (Fiscal Year 2020). These cuts would lead to losses in all states, including more than $7 million in Alabama and Kentucky, $10 million in Utah, $15 million in Arizona, $48 million in Florida, and $57 million in Texas.
Each day across the country, public transit systems provide service to millions of Americans. The industry faces a more than $90 billion backlog of state-of-good-repair needs, and this 12 percent cut would impact millions of Americans in an adverse way, cutting them off from jobs, local businesses, and medical services.
If the automatic cut takes place, it will negatively impact each state and affect private sector manufacturers and suppliers. Reduced funding impacts: maintaining and replacing buses; providing transportation for low-income individuals to and from their jobs; transporting senior citizens and persons with disabilities; supporting capital and planning for transit in rural communities; providing workforce development programs; constructing public transit facilities for communities; and other vital transportation initiatives.
APTA emphatically supports this bipartisan amendment and looks forward to working together with Senators on both sides of the aisle to make public transit available to more Americans and provide a greater level of service in communities coast to coast.”
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations 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.