WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 14, 2020) – The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is joining with members, industry partners and advocates on Tuesday, December 15 to collectively urge Congress and the Administration to #SavePublicTransit.
“Immediate action needs to be taken before Congress recesses for the holiday to address the public transportation industry’s dire financial situation so that we can continue to serve essential employees every day and can help with the nation’s economic recovery,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “The industry’s very survival is at stake.”
The public transportation industry is facing an existential financial crisis, and emergency funding has never been more urgent. A bipartisan, bicameral coronavirus relief aid package is being discussed in the lame duck session, but that can be only a starting point for negotiations.
APTA and the industry are calling on 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 the nation recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.
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.