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APTA Analysis: Investment in Public Transit Could Yield 10 Million U.S. Jobs; Message Resonates with National Media

A $200 billion investment in public transit—a portion of President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan—could create 10 million jobs nationwide and help sustain economic growth by contributing $800 billion to the Gross Domestic Product over a 20-year period, according to the APTA Infrastructure Analysis released during a press conference at the recent Legislative Conference.

Several national news media participated in the press conference, including the Washington Post, NBC News, National Public Radio, CQ/Roll Call, Politico, The Hill, Chicago Reporter and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in addition to many local and trade publications.

“Public transit’s role in getting people to work and bringing customers to businesses results in the far reaching economic impact of this investment,” said APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes, executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA.

“This, coupled with our extensive supply chain, provides for manufacturing jobs in small, mid-size and large communities,” Barnes added.

Public transit agency executives joined Barnes to share local stories about the impact of increased federal investment on public transportation. They were Dorval Carter, president, Chicago Transit Authority; Paul Wiedefeld, general manager/chief executive officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; Michael Terry, president/chief executive officer, IndyGo, Indianapolis; and Eric Wolf, general manager, Altoona (PA) Metro Transit, and APTA Acting President & CEO Richard White.

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Transit agency GMs who participated in the press conference during the Legislative Conference included, from left, Eric Wolf, Altoona (PA) Metro Transit; Dorval Carter, Chicago Transit Authority; APTA Acting President & CEO Richard White; Chair Doran J. Barnes; Paul Wiedefeld, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and Michael Terry, IndyGo.
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