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have made enormous sacrifices, and
many systems have lost cherished
employees to the virus.
Just as our members pivoted to
address all these challenges, so
did APTA. We developed new tools
and aggressively sought-and
won-$25 billion in emergency funding
from the federal government under the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security (CARES) Act that included
funding for public transit and passenger
rail, including Amtrak. This was the largest transit appropriation in history and
almost three times the fiscal year 2020
transit formula grant funding.
APTA continued to make a strong
case for additional COVID-19 funding,
asking for at least $32 billion. And now,
congressional support is growing for
some level of help. As of Dec. 10, an
aid package with $15 billion for public
transit is being discussed in Congress.
While APTA believes this is a start,
we are still advocating for at least the
$32 billion.
These funds are desperately need
if the public transit industry is to survive the ravages of coronavirus. Transit systems across the country have
announced they will have to institute a
variety of extreme measures, such as
cutting service in half, eliminating weekend service and laying off as much as
half their workforce.

Public Transportation Systems
and Businesses Face Increasingly
Dire Situation
In fact, APTA conducted a survey of its
transit system and business members
in mid-September and found that six in
10 public transit systems will be forced
to reduce service and furlough employees in the coming months if they do
not receive an additional $32 billion
in emergency federal funding from
Congress. In addition, nearly one-half

of public transit industry businesses
(47 percent) expect to lay off employees, and nearly one-third of transit
industry businesses (31 percent) are
concerned they may go out of business if additional federal funding is not
provided.

the San Fernando Valley, Westside and
LAX airport.
LA Metro is also advancing three
possible routes for the Crenshaw
Northern Extension project, as well as a
$50.3-million contract for environmental
analysis, which is expected to begin
later this year.
The LA Metro Board amended
the Purple Line Extension Section 1
budget from $2.77 billion to $2.97 billion to cover differing site conditions
and additional third-party and safety
requirements.
Also in the works is a life-of-project
budget of $5 million for a High Desert
Intercity Rail Corridor Service Devel-

opment Plan to study high-speed rail
between Antelope Valley and Victor
Valley.
And, Minnesota received a $928.8M
full-funding grant to construct its Green
Line light rail extension, which will clear
the way for the completion of the state's
largest ever public works project. 

Agencies Move Forward with
Innovation
Public transit agencies continued
to make and meet important milestones this year, in spite of the many

A YEAR IN REVIEW
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Voters Want More Public
Transportation
Just last month, voters across the
nation continued to voice strong support for public transportation, even
during the pandemic.
They gave their overwhelming support for public transit by approving
15 out of 18 measures supporting it.
This year's total amounted to 47 out
of 52 wins for public transit, a 90 percent win rate for 2020, representing
$753,284,585 in new revenue annually
and $17,928,135,098 in total revenue.
These ballots initiatives once again
underscored the importance of local,
state and federal partnerships in transportation investment.

Capital Projects Move Ahead
Despite the massive cuts to both
services and revenue, some capital
projects still moved forward this year.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (LA Metro)
is working on several major projects,
including its Sepulveda Transit Corridor
project, which will build a high-speed,
high-capacity transit line connecting

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