|November 12, 2010|
News HeadlinesDeficit Commission Chairmen Endorse Gas Tax Proposal
The two co-chairs of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and former chief of staff to President Clinton Erskine Bowles, have released policy recommendations that include a gradual increase of the federal gas tax by 15 cents per gallon, starting in 2013, to fund transportation investments. The commission is
charged with making a comprehensive set of recommendations by Dec. 1 that greatly reduce the federal debt.
Millar Makes Case for Public Transit at Cato Event
APTA President William Millar discussed the benefits of public transportation and the role of the private sector in a debate held at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, DC, on Nov. 10. Millar rebutted the assertion by Cato's Randal O'Toole that all public transportation should be operated exclusively by private entities, with no government investment. Millar emphasized there has always been a strong role for private industry in public transit and
that private businesses and public-private partnerships will remain a crucial partner in the future, as will partners at all levels of government.
Save the Date
Don't miss the opportunity to show off the skills of your public transit system's front line of customer service: your call center staff. Public transit systems have until Dec. 17 to nominate an employee in the annual APTA Call Center Challenge, to be held at the 2011 Marketing & Communications Workshop in San Diego, CA, on March 1.
In the Media
The blog Buffalo (NY) Rising featured a new tool that helps the public map the availability of public transit.
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