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The ATU applauds President Biden and Department of Transportation for funding for America’s transit bus fleets

Union says funding can provide critical investment for workforce development
for transit workers

Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) $409.6 million grant funding for transit bus fleets is an opportunity for transit systems to better modernize and maintain buses and better train and develop the industry’s workforce, says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the largest transit union in North America, in applauding the recent announcement.

The FTA’s annual discretionary package called The Buses and Bus Facilities Program will be supporting the Biden-Harris administration’s infrastructure goals and their pledge to fight climate change.

“By improving bus service and modernizing our bus fleets and workforce, the Biden Administration is bringing us a step closer to realizing economic, environmental, and social justice in America through transit,” said ATU International President John Costa. The FTA is also encouraging applicants to incorporate racial equity into their planning to address barriers to opportunity.

“We especially applaud the FTA for recognizing the importance of workers being prepared to deal with the latest industry technology by encouraging the use of the funds for workforce development and training,” said Costa. “With the move toward more electric buses to combat the climate crisis, our members are going to need to learn how to repair, maintain and operate these vehicles.”

The ATU will be promoting the grant opportunity to its over 200,000 members to help transit agencies buy and rehabilitate buses as well as build more bus facilities throughout the U.S.

“We commend President Biden for being the most pro-transit and pro-worker administration in history,” said Costa. “We’re encouraged by this latest show of support for our country’s vital infrastructure needs and hope to see more funding to support public transit for years to come when the infrastructure bill and reconciliation bill are passed by Congress.”