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December 1, 2008

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APTA Meets With Obama Transportation Transition Team

Earlier this week, APTA President William W. Millar met with members of President-Elect Barack Obama’s Transportation Transition Team to discuss a wide range of issues facing the incoming Administration.

In making the case for an expanded role for public transit, Millar told the team: “At a time when America must create more jobs, reduce its dependence on foreign oil, and become more carbon efficient, public transportation can make a significant contribution quickly and cost effectively.” 

An agenda was developed for this initial meeting jointly with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).  Discussion topics ranged from economic stimulus and the role of public transit investments in an overall economic recovery package to regulatory issues, from the need for greater collaboration with the transit industry to the need to simplify, streamline and expedite the current federal grant approval process, and everything in between.

Joining Millar at the meeting were CTAA Executive Director Dale Marsico, APTA Vice President-Policy Art Guzzetti and CTAA Communications Director Scott Bogren.

 “This was a very productive meeting,” said Millar.  “We look forward to a continuing dialogue and working closely with the Obama administration.”

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