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The need to modernize public transit

Paul P. Skoutelas

Investment in our public transit infrastructure is essential for America’s economic growth, productivity and competitiveness. Nearly nine in 10 (87%) public transit trips directly contribute to the economy.

Transit ridership has increased faster than both the U.S. population and the use of highways – and so, too, has the need for modernization. According to U.S. DOT, $90 billion in capital investments are needed to bring bus and rail systems into a state of good repair.

Replacing aging equipment, maintaining safety and expanding services require dedicated federal funding, which is an essential part of any successful federal-state-local partnership.

Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, The American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

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