Passenger Transport Express - 09/25/2015 (Plain Text Version)
Authorization Legislation Soldiers On
Leaders of the House Transportation
& Infrastructure Committee continued to discuss the elements of a
multi-year surface transportation authorization bill. Once the legislation is completed and approved
by the full committee, the plan is to move quickly for full House passage. This could occur by mid-October, but it will
depend on the House Ways and Means Committee’s progress finding a funding
As PTC Deadline Approaches, APTA Pushes for Congressional Action
less than 100 days remaining before the statutory deadline for implementing
Positive Train Control (PTC), APTA is working diligently to avert a Jan. 1, 2016, shutdown of
commuter and freight railroads. APTA CEO & President Michael Melaniphy
and Ed Hamberger, CEO of the Association of American Railroads, conducted live
and recorded radio interviews all day on Sept. 22.
54 Lawmakers Sign Pro-Transit Tax Letter
bipartisan letter signed by 54 members of Congress was sent to the leaders of
the House Ways and Means Committee last week urging them to permanently restore
parity between transit and parking tax benefits. The letter is intended to spur the House
tax-writing committee into following the lead of the Senate Finance Committee,
which approved a package of tax extenders in July that included an increase in
the monthly transit benefit from $130 to $250.
Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Would Use High-Speed Rail - APTA Survey
phrase “If you build it, they will come” clearly applies to high-speed
rail. According to an APTA-commissioned
survey, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans say they would be likely to
use high-speed trains if they were available today. Support increases to 67 percent when
respondents are informed about the cost- and time-saving benefits of this
Public Transportation's Role in Meeting U.S. Energy Goals
a conference sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy, Melaniphy discussed how
the public transportation industry is contributing to the goal of doubling U.S.
energy productivity in the next 15 years.
Together with the presidents of Clemson University and Texas Tech, the
CEO from Lime Energy and DOE officials, he made his remarks at the Accelerate
Energy Productivity 2030 conference last week.
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