Business members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) arrived in Washington, D.C., to announce their "We Make Communities Go" campaign to broaden public awareness about the importance of transit.
The campaign also urges Congress to pass the six-year reauthorization of the TEA 21 transportation spending bill, which expired in September 2003 and has been stalled on Capitol Hill while lawmakers wrangle over funding levels and other details.
To launch the campaign, APTA business members delivered a letter to members of Congress highlighting the link between transit funding and economic growth.
"Investing in transit creates jobs and spurs new economic activity at a rate of $6 for every $1 invested," said Kim Green, APTA Vice Chair of Business Members. "If that investment continues to be delayed, so too does economic growth."