The public transportation industry is facing an existential financial crisis, and emergency funding has never been more urgent. - METRO Magazine

The public transportation industry is facing an existential financial crisis, and emergency funding has never been more urgent.

METRO Magazine

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is joining with members, industry partners, and advocates on Tuesday, Dec. 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.

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