More than 90% of 2002 congressional candidates responding to a survey are strong public transportation supporters and advocate increased investment for transit and highway projects nationwide, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
The survey, conducted for the Center For Transportation Excellence, revealed that 96% of 114 congressional candidates responding view public transportation as an essential part of a balanced transportation program.
More than 90% of respondents support additional federal investment as well as funding guarantees for public transportation and highway projects.
"This survey shows that candidates are aware that investing in public transportation has become a national priority," said APTA President William W. Millar.
Candidates in the survey said that the leading reasons they support public transportation are to promote economic growth (82%), to reduce congestion (81%), to reduce pollution (74%) and to save energy (72%).
Individual responses of candidates are available online at www.advancedco.net/congressionalsurvey.htm