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Public Transit's Impact at a Glance; APTA's Online Tool Simplifies Outreach

APTA has created an online tool to help its members connect with congressional leaders and public transit providers and businesses in their region.

The members-only resource, the Industry Footprint, highlights the latest information on APTA member locations around the nation, the breadth and depth of public transportation services offered and key facts and statistics—all organized at the state and congressional district levels. The information is continuously updated and is designed for easy viewing on a smartphone, other hand-held devices and computers.

The Business Member Activity Fund supported this project.

The map delineates APTA business members, public transportation providers and government and other groups with dots of different colors for different member types to easily distinguish information for business members, public transit agencies, state DOTs and others. In addition, users can access rural public transit providers, identify congressional district lines and bus stops and rail lines, and the map has a search function and offers numerous views including photographic, topological and major routes—all of which are quickly accessible with a click.

For example, clicking the map in a congressional district brings up the names of the two U.S. senators and the House member representing that district. Clicking on the officeholder’s name reveals the extent of public transit’s impact in his or her district, including APTA members, bus stops, rail lines and stations, and regional federal formula funding.

All data on bus sheds and rail lines are provided from automatic feeds from those transit properties reporting publicly in the General Transit Feed Specification, the most common format for public transportation schedules and related geographic information.

All information on APTA members in the Industry Footprint is automatically generated from the APTA database. APTA members wishing to amend their information should contact Helene Brett.

Access the Industry Footprint by clicking here.
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