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White: Public Transit Is 'Poster Child for Underinvestment' in ASCE Report Card

In a response to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which gave public transportation a D-minus grade in its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card released March 9, APTA Acting President & CEO Richard A. White called public transit “the poster child for our country’s underinvestment in infrastructure” and said the grade “underlines the need for greater investment in public transportation.”

White continued, “Transportation is the backbone of an economy and it is in our country’s best interest to make sure that public transportation projects are adequately funded.” He referred to APTA’s newly released report, Who Rides Public Transportation, which shows that 87 percent of trips taken by transit riders are for commuting to work, shopping or going to entertainment venues. (See related story in this issue.)

The ASCE report noted “a tension” between the need for expansion to meet the increased demand for public transportation services and the need to properly maintain transit systems. FTA noted in its 2015 Condition and Performance Report that a $90 billion state of good repair needs exists and must be addressed.

“Continuing to underinvest in public transportation will hurt the economic well-being of our towns and cities across the country,” said White. “We don’t need another wakeup call. Let’s move forward in implementing an infrastructure initiative that increases investment in public transportation and helps communities nationwide.”

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