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Tips, Tools, Talking Points: APTA's Resources Deliver Essential Info

Looking for the perfect take-along resource packet to support your trip to Capitol Hill or hand off to a member of Congress visiting your agency or business?

APTA has what you need. In addition to the new report, Who Rides Public Transportation featured in this issue, APTA offers several publications and online tools to help convey public transit’s impact on communities and the nation as a whole. Here’s a summary of some of the resources available at the Advocacy Resource Center during the conference or from the APTA website.

FAST Act authorizes funding for federal transit, rail and highway programs through Fiscal Year 2020, and this guide summarizes the act’s key provisions.
The law includes many APTA’s recommendations on federal public transportation authorizing law, developed by the association’s Authorization Task Force, High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee and Legislative Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Industry Footprint

What’s the impact of public transportation in your area? Find out quickly by using APTA’s Industry Footprint portal, which delivers the latest information on member locations, highlights the breadth and depth of public transportation services offered and presents key facts and statistics—all searchable by state and congressional district levels. The interactive map was sponsored by the APTA Business Member Activity Fund.

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

This brochure underscores the need for federal investment by highlighting the industry’s basic value messages, its role as a catalyst for job creation and economic opportunity and for enhancing global economic competitiveness, enhancing energy efficiency and sustainability and national security.

Invest in Public Transportation For a Stronger America
This booklet summarizes APTA’s recommendations for infrastructure initiative recommendations, as approved by the Board of Directors.

It also makes the case for the Trump administration and Congress to dramatically increase current federal investment levels to support the nation’s public transportation and intercity passenger rail systems.

The Business Case for Infrastructure Investment

This publication describes how public transportation spurs economic development in large and small communities across the country.

Using examples from a variety of transit-friendly communities, it makes the case that private and federal support can address state of good repair needs, create jobs, enhance public safety and promote new technologies. The brochure was funded by APTA’s Business Member Activity Fund.

Fact Book

The latest edition of APTA’s Public Transportation Fact Book is available in print and electronic editions.

For example, the 67th edition of APTA’s compendium of industry facts and figures reports that nearly 6,800 U.S. public transportation agencies provided 4.8 billion revenue miles of service with 180,000 vehicles. Systems of all sizes—ranging from large urban subways to rural single-vehicle providers—are represented, showing the importance of public transit to communities large and small.

The Infrastructure Investment Tool

As Passenger Transport was going to press, APTA was preparing to launch a web-based tool that enables members to see the impact of proposed investment in public transportation infrastructure on the nation and local communities.

The data are organized by congressional districts, report current and potential levels of federal funding and note specific projects affected by the funding. This web-based resource will be updated on a continuing basis.

Find these resources here by searching on the publication or tool title.
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