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Loss of Transportation Funding Could Hurt Local Communities
5/22/2015 2:28:06 PM

Advocates recently participated in “Stand Up For Transportation Day” to highlight the need for Congress to invest long term in transportation infrastructure
From private and public sector job losses to deterioration of infrastructure, local communities and their economies stand to lose significantly if federal funding for public transportation is eliminated, according to a new analysis developed by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Experts say many suburban and rural communities could be particularly hard hit.

Congress is considering changes that could cut funds for local improvements in communities nationwide. There are two proposals in Congress that eliminate public transit funding from the Highway Trust Fund. And the analysis from APTA shows that both scenarios would result, on average, in a 43 percent reduction in a community’s capital improvement funding and would put at risk more than $227 billion in economic activity over six years. 

According to the report, the loss of federal funds would impact the reliability and safety of bus and train service, as well as jeopardize new services and projects. Specifically:

     • 38,000 buses or 57 percent of the nation’s public transit bus fleet would not be replaced.  

     • Overall, 66 new public transit projects? could be stalled.  Many of these projects serve as a catalyst for economic development in every region of the country.

     • Rail maintenance, expansion and rail car replacement would be significantly impacted. 

     • Small and rural communities would be adversely affected because a greater percentage of their total funding is from the federal government.  

At a time where public transit ridership is growing, many experts say eliminating federal funding for transportation would be disastrous to communities both big and small, rural and urban. In fact, some states with the highest proportions of rural residents will see the greatest percentage of their total funding eliminated for their local public transportation systems.

To spur Congress to take action, more than 360 organizations, community groups, elected officials, business leaders and citizens in nearly every state throughout the U.S. recently participated in “Stand Up For Transportation Day” to highlight the urgent need for Congress to invest long term in our transportation infrastructure and renew funding for the federal transportation program. The current funding program, called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (also known as MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31.       

To read the analysis and see the local impacts of the loss of federal funding, go to . To get involved, visit

“It is time to stand up for our transportation infrastructure,” says Michael Melaniphy, APTA President and CEO. “Congress must act now to continue to fund public transportation and to pass comprehensive, long-term federal legislation that provides for repairing, maintaining, and expanding public transportation, roads, bridges, and rail systems.”

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