Sending Office: Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
SUPPORT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
**Deadline to Sign On is COB, Thursday, March 15**
Deadline to Enter Submission Online is Monday, March 19th
I ask you to support full funding for programs within the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the FY 2019 appropriations by signing the letter below addressed to the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.
Public transportation in the United States is a crucial part of the solution to the nation’s economic, energy, and environmental challenges — helping to bring a better quality of life. In increasing numbers, Americans people are using public transportation
and local communities are expanding public transit services. Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel annually in congestion reduction alone. The Texas A&M Transportation
Institute’s 2015 Urban Mobility Report found that congestion costs commuters $160 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2014, or an average of $960 per commuter. If the status quo continues, it is estimated that congestion costs will grow from $160 billion to
$192 billion in 2020, adjusted for inflation.
Public transportation not only saves time, money and fuel, but— it also creates jobs. The American Public Transportation Association estimates that for every $1 billion invested in public transit, 36,000 jobs are created or supported. These jobs are good-paying
jobs providing services that also benefit our communities by getting more cars off the road, lessening the demand for fossil fuel, and affordably connecting workers with employers.
I hope that you will join me in supporting full funding for programs within the Federal Transit Administration. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Nasta at
Sarah.Nasta@mail.house.gov or 5-7032.
Marcia L. Fudge
Member of Congress
March 19, 2018
The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart The Honorable David Price
Chairman Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing,
and Urban Development and Urban Development
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price:
As you begin work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill we urge you to fully fund programs within the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The transportation systems and infrastructure we have relied on have become congested and poorly maintained. According to U.S. DOT’s 2015
Conditions & Performance Report, the cost of bringing the nation’s rail transit and bus systems into a state of good repair is estimated at $89.8 billion while FTA only spends $12 billion annually on transit capital investments. Despite this lack
of investment, transit ridership has grown by more than 20 percent in the last decade, reaching its highest levels since 1957.
Given the fiscal challenges facing governments at every level, we must focus on investing in programs that will create jobs and rebuild the foundation of a strong American economy. Investing in public transportation is that type of investment. Our nation’s
public transportation systems serve millions of Americans each day in both rural and urban communities. In addition, the American Public Transportation Association estimates for every $1 billion invested in public transit, 36,000 jobs are created or supported.
Expanding public transportation will help to relieve highly congested highways, reduce harmful emissions, and lessen the demand for gasoline.
The 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card gave transit a D- because “the symptoms of overdue maintenance and underinvestment have never been clearer. Despite increasing demand, the nation’s transit systems have been chronically
underfunded, resulting in aging infrastructure and a $90 billion rehabilitation backlog. While some communities are experiencing a transit boom, many Americans still have inadequate access to public transit.” Given the benefits public transit provides to
families, businesses, and communities nationwide, and the burden it relieves from our highway systems, we believe this is an investment Congress should fully support.
Marcia L. Fudge
Member of Congress
e-Dear Colleague version 2.0