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Sep 21

Transit Union: Transit Ridership Up - Congress Asleep at the Wheel

ATU mobilizing transit riders to vote in November

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 reaction to today’s report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) showing that ridership increased in all forms of transit for the sixth straight quarter, April – June 2012, on American transit systems.

“What will it take to get Congress to wake up to the crying need to provide adequate funding for mass transit in the United States?

“This APTA report and last week’s Natural Resources Defense Council poll – saying Americans support investment to increase transportation choices -are just the latest of many reports showing that the vast majority of Americans want more public transportation and are willing to pay for it.

“Transit ridership in the U.S. is the highest it’s been in decades and even more people would use it if they could. Despite what most people think Americans are not in love with their cars, they are frustrated with the lack of options for adequate, reliable public transportation. Taxpayers are willing to put their money where their mouth is – backing increased spending to make better public transportation a reality.

“The ATU is engaged in a campaign to mobilize transit riders to vote in this election. Candidates need to recognize that transportation funding is not only a wise investment in our economy, but that supporting public transit is winning position for political candidates regardless of their party affiliation.”


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.