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THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS	

Moving America's
Public Transportation
Systems Forward
BY SEN. MIKE CRAPO (R-ID)
Chair, Senate Committee on Banking,
Housing and Urban Affairs

THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE
recently held a hearing on the reauthorization
of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which expires at the end of
September 2020. The FAST Act provides long- Sen. Mike Crapo
term funding certainty for public transportation
agencies across the country-funding that goes toward capital

SENATE REAUTHORIZATION HEARING CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

APTA's Authorization
Recommendations:
Now Is Our Opportunity
BY DORVAL R. CARTER JR.

ERIKA MAZZA

It's All About Advocating
For Our Continued Success
BY NURIA I. FERNANDEZ

Chair, APTA
General Manager and CEO
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
San Jose, CA

a classroom, a family member or a healthcare
facility. But public transit also gets us to a different "there"-to less congestion, safer streets,
cleaner air, more opportunities, greater employment and a stronger national economy.
Public transportation is an essential
public service that strengthens all of
America. That's why it's vital for APTA to
be heard in Washington this week.

THIS WEEK, MORE THAN 500 -public
transportation leaders from across the
country are in Washington, DC, to advocate for a more mobile America. Why
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should every resident-including every
When I began my tenure as APTA
Member of Congress-embrace this
chair last fall, I knew 2020 would be a
cause? Because freedom and progress
momentous year. With the FAST Act
are built on mobility, and public transit
due to expire Sept. 30, APTA needed
is the connection to a better life for milNuria I. Fernandez
to expand its voice, its stories of best
lions of people every day.
practices, its skills and its army of allies.
APTA's new advocacy and outreach camWith this in mind, I identified four priorities that
paign-"Public Transportation Gets Us There"-
will help us secure the federal support we need
communicates the multi-dimensional nature of
how our industry benefits the nation. Yes, public
ADVOCATING FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS
transportation gets us "there," to the places and
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opportunities we need or seek, such as a job,

BY SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-OH)
Dorval R. Carter Jr.

LAST FALL, APTA'S BOARD of Directors
unanimously approved Surface Transportation Authorization Recommendations. This
achievement was the culmination of a twoyear effort by the Legislative Committee,
under the leadership of former Chair Diana
Mendes and Vice Chair Leanne Redden, to Erika Mazza
achieve consensus across all of APTA's different constituencies and speak with one voice.

RECOMMENDATIONS CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

| VOLUME 78, NO. 5

When We Build Better Public
Transportation, Everyone Wins

President
Chicago Transit Authority
Chair, APTA Legislative Committee

Vice President of Operations, Western
North America
Keolis North America
Vice Chair, APTA Legislative Committee

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

So, what happens? They lose their job
because they can't get to work, or they go to
a payday lender and get trapped in a cycle of
debt. Either way, people feel trapped. There's not
CONGRESS HAS BEGUN THE WORK
much dignity in a job that you're one car
to reauthorize federal surface transporbreakdown away from losing.
tation programs, and I hope our efforts
A more balanced transportation sysrecognize that public transportation
tem with high-quality transit service can
helps the people we serve reach better
give riders a quick and affordable trip to
jobs and spend less of their time and
and from work, or school or a medical
their hard-earned money commuting.
appointment.
Hard work should pay off. But for
It's pretty simple-when you have
most people, wages are flat and the
better, faster transit service, more
Sen. Sherrod Brown
cost of everything is up-housing,
people use it. In Columbus, the Central
healthcare, childcare and, yes, transportation.
Ohio Transit Authority, better known as COTA,
We know how transportation can be a huge
redesigned its bus routes and built a bus rapid
drain on families' budgets and on their time. And
transit line. What happened? Last year COTA
it can limit their job choices and make it harder
had its highest ridership in 31 years. The CMAX
to hold down jobs that are far from where they
BRT, which I proudly supported, contributed to a
live.
25 percent increase in ridership on the Cleveland
The average American household spends
Avenue corridor since it opened in early 2018.
13 percent of their income on transportation-
When we build better public transportation,
and low-income workers spend between 20 and
everyone wins. The Cincinnati USA Regional
30 percent of their wages on commuting.
Chamber gets it. They are part of a broad coaliAnd we know how an unexpected car repair
tion championing a ballot measure in March
or a car accident can devastate families who
to fund high-frequency bus service and road
rely on their cars to get to work-40 percent
BUILDING BETTER PUBLIC
of Americans don't have the money to cover a
-TRANSPORTATION CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
$400 expense in an emergency.
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs



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