APTA leads coalition calling for additional investment in public transportation

Oct. 23, 2019
The coalition urged the Senate to increase its spending on transit rather than progress the current THUD bill that will result in a funding cut to every transit agency in the U.S.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) was joined by 31 organizations, representing tens of millions of Americans, in opposition to public transit infrastructure cuts included in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill. 

Although the bill includes many critical infrastructure investments, it reduces total funding for public transportation by $457 million compared to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 enacted levels. In addition, unlike the House THUD Appropriations bill, the Senate’s bill does not permanently block the impending $1.2 billion cut to transit formula funds in FY 2020.

The coalition strongly urges the Senate to increase investment in public transportation and permanently block the impending 12 percent across-the-board cut to every public transit agency in the nation. The coalition supporting this effort includes 31 associations representing construction, manufacturing, workers, transportation agencies, state and local government officials, businesses, and environmental organizations from across the country.

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, grow and improve public transit systems today and in the future.