"This groundbreaking legislation will give people expanded travel options, while creating or supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs," said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President
The economic recovery legislation provides
The legislation also includes for the first time, a significant investment of
"With public transportation ridership at modern record levels and local and state transit ballot initiatives resoundingly approved by voters, the American people have demonstrated that they want more public transit services," said Millar. "Congress is listening to the public and this legislation is responding to the public will."
Pointing out that Congress also included tax incentives to encourage transit commute benefits at the same level as parking benefits, Millar said, "We are very pleased that Congress, for the first time, has made the transit commute benefit equal to the parking benefit, which is currently
"Investing in public transportation and intercity and high speed rail is part of the solution to helping build a stronger economy," said Millar. "Passage of this legislation is a win-win for American workers who need jobs and for the millions of people who take public transportation and passenger rail."
APTA is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 member organizations including public transportation systems; planning, design, construction and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; and state associations and departments of transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical public transportation services and products. APTA members serve more than 90 percent of persons using public transportation in
SOURCE American Public Transportation Association