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American Public Transportation Association

 Government Affairs and Policy

With nearly 1,500 members, representing more than 90 percent of transit riders in North America, APTA is the primary advocate in Washington, DC for the public transportation industry.  Our organization proactively engages key policy makers on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters impacting public transportation and high-speed and intercity rail.  APTA works directly with Congress, the White House, and Federal Agencies to continue to grow the federal investment in public transportation infrastructure, and promote legislation and federal policies that not only encourage growth in public transportation ridership, but also foster a positive working relationship with federal partners to achieve mutual policy goals.  Partnering with interest groups and coalitions, APTA has built strong relationships with key partners to yield positive results for public transportation.  APTA’s policies for federal legislative and regulatory issues are developed by a wide cross-section of our membership and represent the consensus of the transit industry.

Through active involvement with all stakeholders, APTA is committed ensuring public transportation has the support it needs to keep America moving.

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​​​​​​​The Trump Administration and the new Congress have begun the process of crafting legislative policies and goals for the year.  President Trump has talked about a major infrastructure initiative involving as much as $1 trillion in investment.  This is a great opportunity for APTA members to advance the cause for maintaining the current federal transit program and increasing federal investment in that program by meeting directly with their Members of Congress.



 Authorization Resource Center​

Legislative resources related to current and past authorization law including the FAST Act, MAP-21, SAFETEA-LU, TEA-21, and ISTEA.​

The most current information on APTA’s grassroots efforts and how you can help get the public involved in supporting public transportation.

Federal Regulations
For the latest in proposed and enacted federal regulations affecting the public transportation industry.

Legislative Issues
APTA provides the most current information on legislative issues before the Congress such as authorization of surface transportation law, climate change, high-speed passenger rail and other issues.

Legislative Updates & Alerts
The most up-to-date information on what’s happening in Congress and the Administration and your call to action to help advance APTA’s legislation agenda.

A comprehensive listing of APTA’s letters regarding legislative and policy matters, searchable from the most current date to the 109th Session of Congress.

Policy Research
The latest in policy research in areas critical to current legislative activities.

Recent APTA testimony, as submitted to House and Senate Committees, and other State and Federal agencies.

TransitVision 2050
The Final Report of APTA’s TransitVision 2050 Task Force, October 2008

Contact The Government Affairs Team

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