|February 14, 2014|
|Congressional Hearings Focus on MAP-21|
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on MAP-21 reauthorization and maintaining federal investments in transportation infrastructure. Witnesses included Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who called for raising the gas tax because the "user fees have failed to keep pace with inflation and the soaring costs of construction and materials."
APTA's Transit Savings Report Finds Huge Savings
APTA's February Transit Savings Report found that individuals who ride public transportation can save, on average, more than $830 this month and $9,960 annually. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle and includes the February 11, 2014 average national gas price.
More Than 130 Leaders Attend APTA Transit CEOs Seminar
APTA's 2014 Transit CEOs Seminar in New Orleans from Feb. 11-14 brought together more than 130 CEOs and their deputies to learn, study, and network. Sessions focused on a wide variety of pertinent issues, including safety, cyber security, funding and finance, and workforce development. Highlights included a session with FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan and senior FTA staff, and a session on
millennials led by APTA Chair Peter Varga.
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IN THE MEDIA
APTA's report on the role of public transit in support of high-growth business clusters examines how America’s fastest-growing, knowledge-intensive industries — such as biotechnology and information-technology — are creating demand for transportation capacity in
cities where these business clusters are concentrated.
The growth in public transportation across the country is being spurred by dramatic increases in ridership during off-peak hours.
The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) secured state and local funding commitments that will allow the agency to purchase 20 low-emission Tier 4 locomotives.