The American Public Transportation Association opposes a proposal by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee to divert $25 billion in dedicated fuels tax revenues from the Mass Transit Account. In a statement on Thursday APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy says the proposal is nearly 50 percent of the federal investment in public transit authorized by the House surface transportation bill, adding the “drastic change” would put public transportation projects at risk.
“This proposal seeks to undo nearly 30 years of overwhelming bipartisan support for dedicated federal investment in public transit,” Melaniphy wrote. “Since 1983, under President Ronald Reagan, fuels tax revenues have been dedicated to public transit through the Mass Transit Account of the surface transportation legislation.
“We call on Congress to continue the long-standing highway and public transit financing partnership in place today so that our country can continue to create American jobs and foster economic growth, as well as rebuild our aging infrastructure and meet the growing demand for improved and expanded transportation.”