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APTA Participates in Infrastructure Events on Capitol Hill

APTA participated in two high-profile events on Capitol Hill during Infrastructure Week, May 11-15.

APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy joined speakers including Rep Peter DeFazio (D-OR), ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and DOT Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez, among many others, at a May 14 event on Capitol Hill, “Long-Term Transportation Funding: Imperative to U.S. Competitiveness and Leadership in the Global Marketplace.”

Former DOT Secretary Rodney Slater organized the event.

Melaniphy and Mendez participated in a panel of transportation industry leaders, all of whom talked about why Congress needs to move a long-term surface transportation authorization bill. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) moderated the panel, which also included Greg Cohen, president and CEO, American Highway Users Alliance; Regina Hopper, president and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America; Michelle Moore, senior fellow, The Council on Competitiveness; and former Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT). Lott and Matheson are now affiliated with Squire Patton Boggs.

During the Infrastructure Week event, speakers presented varied perspectives on the current state and future outlook of infrastructure development in the nation, and the potential and practical impacts multiyear funding may have on the national economy and the global standing of the U.S.

Video of the event is available

Also, APTA joined the National League of Cities and the National Association of Regional Councils to conduct a Capitol Hill briefing May 13 to call attention to public transportation’s impact on the nation’s competitiveness, its contributions to economies based on knowledge and information and its ability to help attract high-tech employers and a skilled workforce to communities across the nation.


Photo by Shelley Clark

APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy participates in a panel discussion on the importance of long-term transportation funding during a May 14 event on Capitol Hill.


Photo by Steve Barrett Photography

Participants in the May 13 Capitol Hill briefing hosted by APTA, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Regional Councils include, from left, Linda Watson, president and chief executive officer, Capital Metro, Austin, TX; Environmental and Energy Study Institute Executive Director Carol Werner; Robert Bauman, alderman, city of Milwaukee; Joanna Turner, executive director, National Association of Regional Councils; and Shyam Kannan, managing director, Office of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

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