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1976: APTA's First Legislative Conference

As APTA members gather in Washington, DC, for the annual Legis­lative Conference, let’s take a look back to the association’s first such conference in 1976.

Passenger Transport reported that more than 200 public transit professionals “representing large and small transit systems from across the nation marched on Washington to elicit congressional support for future transit legislation” attended the first conference.

The story said the two-day event provided various opportunities for industry leaders to hear from and speak to “senators and representatives from rural and urban areas who are at odds on many issues, yet who are in general agreement on the importance of public transit and the need for increased federal support.”

The primary issue facing public transit at that time was a need for $8 billion in federal aid in addition to $11.8 billion provided by the National Mass Transportation Assistance Act of 1974 for “limited expansion” of U.S. transit agencies, PT reported, citing an APTA funding needs survey.
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