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Stand Up 4 Transportation: NCRTD


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) today called upon Congress to renew funding for the federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which is set to expire on May 31, 2015. According to a recent report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), if MAP-21 does expire, access to jobs, medical and basic quality of life services will be impacted, as will the economic benefit that comes with infrastructure investment as for every $1 invested, there is $4 in economic benefits.

On the national level a new analysis from APTA shows that more than $227 billion in economic productivity is at risk to the nation’s economy over the next six years without long-term federal investment in public transit.

“I am concerned about the uncertainty we face without long-term, sustainable investment in public transportation,” said Anthony Mortillaro, NCRTD Executive Director. “Without a long-term federal funding bill, it becomes nearly impossible for us to plan for the future, even as we struggle to keep our transportation services in a state of good repair. The NCRTD strongly urges the U.S. Congress to enact a new multi-year authorization bill that provides dedicated funding through the Highway Trust Fund to help grow our local economy.”

With the future of America’s public transportation and road network in jeopardy, the NCRTD joins transportation and community leaders from across the country for “Stand Up for Transportation Day.” Sponsored by APTA, with support from national and local partners from various transportation modes, business and community oriented interests. Stand Up for Transportation Day unites more than 300 participating organizations in communities across the country to urge federal officials to support the passage of a long-term, sustainable and reliable federal transportation funding bill.

The American Public Transportation Association noted that the nation faces a $160 billion backlog just to bring public transit and road systems into a state of good repair. The lack of a long-term federal funding bill creates local funding uncertainty which jeopardizes transportation project planning and discourages private sector investment.

With a lack of a commitment on the federal level, that stifles local business investment and job creation, Mortillaro notes, “A long-term federal commitment to our public transportation and road infrastructure is needed in order to create jobs and boost economic development right here in north central New Mexico. The transportation system is the life blood of the community and it connects employers to employees and provides a vital connection for people from all walks of life.”

To learn more about Stand Up for Transportation Day please visit www.RidetheBlueBus.com or www.StandUp4Transportation.org

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