US BUS COALITION ASKS TRUMP FOR BUS FUNDING IN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN
The Bus Coalition, a broad coalition comprised of public, private, and non-profit bus industry leaders from across the U.S., have sent a letter to President Trump asking him to restore bus funding, which could replace approximately 14,000 buses and create over 100,000 jobs, as part of his infrastructure package.
The letter, which was signed by 285 bus transit systems from 49 states, includes many systems from less populated areas that have seen a decline in federal resources and face a growing backlog of older buses and facilities.
The text of the letter, signed by Bus Coalition Chairman Jeff Hamm and CTAA Executive Director Scott Bogren, sais among others “Buses are the backbone of transit service across America. More than one-half of all transit trips in America are carried by buses, providing access for workers, students, families, patients, and shoppers. Many CTAA and TBC members come from rural and suburban areas that rely on bus service. As you craft and refine your investment package proposal, we hope you will support increased funding for public transit as recommended by CTAA and the American Public Transit Association.
Modernizing our nation’s transit fleet with federal support will quickly create thousands of good paying manufacturing jobs in the United States, increase access to work and commercial centers and help address the backlog of aging bus fleets and facilities. We estimate this modest level of investment would allow for the purchase of over 14,000 domestically manufactured buses and create over 100,000 jobs across the country. Investing in bus replacement programs can quickly boost economic activity. Across the country, bus purchase orders are sitting on the shelf and, if funds were available, orders could be processed in a matter of days, not months or years.”