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3/20/2019



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APTA report identifies $232B in critical transportation investments


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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released new research this week identifying at least $232 billion in critically needed public transportation investments. 

APTA analyzed the impact of investments in public transportation, including the resulting long-term productivity enhancements, and found that $232 billion spent over 10 years would stimulate a 4-to-1 return of $928 billion in economic activity over the next 20 years. 

The report includes APTA member-specific data on regional and local public transportation projects in the United States, from those in need of major repair or maintenance to new priorities, including terminal constructions and electric bus fleets. Members identified more than $5 billion in electrification projects that would modernize systems nationwide. 

APTA’s research figures come from three categories:

  • projects in the Capital Investment Grants pipeline, which are aimed at expanding public transit investment;
  • priority projects, which cover an array of work from construction of transit centers to security improvements and park and rides; and
  • state-of-good-repair projects that include capital, safety and operating repairs and upgrades, and train replacements.


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