FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2021
Contact: Ian Moor
Center for Transportation Excellence: “Voters have put their money where their mouth is when investing in infrastructure”
CFTE backs Biden plan to invest $85 billion in public transportation
Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, President Biden previewed his American Jobs Plan and its massive investment in our national infrastructure. Recent polling suggests that the ideas in President Biden’s plan are wildly popular, but we don’t need polls to tell us what voters already have. Josh Cohen, Executive Director of APTA’s Center for Transportation Excellence, released the following statement.
“Voters have put their money where their mouth is when investing in infrastructure. Since 2018, voters in 95 communities across the country have voted in favor of ballot measures that invest in public transportation. In 2020, public transportation had a 90% approval rating at the ballot box, passing 47 measures into law. Support for transit and infrastructure is not theoretical. Voters across the country, urban and rural, have for years agreed to tax themselves in order to pay for modernized communities and ultimately, a better quality of life.
“State and local leaders have taken a bold, innovative, and holistic approach to transit and infrastructure, from electrified bus fleets to affordable housing measures. President Biden’s plan will buoy those efforts while kick-starting others and giving local communities the tools they need to do their magic.”
The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) is a clearinghouse for information in support of quality transportation choices. CFTE is committed to two main objectives: (1) defending the merits of transit and (2) equipping local leaders with the information they need to be successful with their public transportation initiatives and ballot measures. CFTE is a project of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a non-profit international association of more than 1,500 public and private sector member organizations that represent all modes of transportation. You can learn more about APTA by visiting their website.