APTA: Federal government could create 10 million jobs through public transit investment

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A Denver RTD commuter train heads for the Denver International Airport on the agency's A-Line.
Chase Gunnoe
WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump’s $1-trillion pledge to rebuild America’s infrastructure were to come to fruition, it could create 10 million jobs through public transit investment, according to a recent analysis by the American Public Transportation Association.

Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan includes a $200-billion allocation for investment in public transportation infrastructure over a 10-year period. According to the association, that investment could help establish 10 million jobs across America through economic development initiatives spurred by infrastructure investments.

According to the association, public transit plays an important role in getting people to work and connecting with local businesses. An investment in public transit infrastructure could help create manufacturing jobs in communities of all sizes, association officials say.

A recent study by APTA states that nearly 90 percent of public transit trips directly benefit local economies.

APTA’s announcement comes in the wake of a recent infrastructure analysis conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which labeled the nation’s public transit infrastructure a D-minus – the lowest infrastructure grade of the society’s ten critical infrastructure sectors.

In response, the public transit group says it is important for politicians of all stripes to help increase investment levels in support of public transit systems across the country.

The association made its analysis using data from federal funding programs and local metropolitan planning groups.

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