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Transit Union Applauds Obama's Call to Address Transportation Funding Bill

Investment in public transit critical - enhances mobility for all


Media Contact: David Roscow, 202-537-1645 x 254

Washington, DC - Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), released the following statement in response to President Obama’s new proposal to invest in America’s infrastructure announced today.

“The Amalgamated Transit Union applauds President Obama’s call to address the transportation funding crisis that threatens the economic future of our country. Our nation needs a comprehensive transportation bill that sets forth a major urban agenda to address our exploding urban populations, worsening traffic jams, young people forgoing cars and stressed public transit systems.

“The president’s proposal to invest $72 billion in transit systems and expanded transportation options sends a clear message to Congress that public transit matters to the American people. We need to invest in smart public transit initiatives to prevent America from falling behind our global competitors, and keep our cities and towns running.

“There are idle buses, bus stops without service and people who need to get to and from their job. The current infrastructure is already there. There is no shovel required to improve public transit.

“Not only does public transit provide reliable mobility for everyone for years to come, it creates good jobs and delivers customers to businesses. For every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 in economic returns is generated. It helps fight pollution and traffic. More people riding buses mean fewer cars on the road and less emissions. Buses emit 80 percent less carbon monoxide than a car.

“We need Congress to start thinking big when it comes to public transit, which when done well has been and continues to be a great ladder of opportunity for all. It’s time to pass a bipartisan transportation bill that enhances mobility for all of us.”

 

About the ATU

The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members in 264 local unions spread across 44 states and nine provinces, including 3,000 workers at Greyhound Lines, Inc. Composed of bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its hard-working members. For more information visit www.atu.org.