For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Laura Koprowski,
Chief Communications and
Customer Experience Officer
(TOLEDO, Dec. 14, 2020) âÂ The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is joining fellow public transit authorities and industry partners from around the country on Tuesday, December 15 to collectively advocate toÂ #SavePublicTransit with a day of mobilization and engagement.
Organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA),Â #SavePublicTransit Day will shine the light on the dire financial crisis facing the public transportation industry and urge elected officials to take immediate action.The industry is calling on Congress and the Administration to provide at least $32 billion in emergency funding to ensure that public transit agencies can survive and help our communities and nation recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Without at least $32 billion in emergency funding for the industry, TARTA will be forced to consider service reductions and layoffs as well as halting technology and infrastructure investments as austerity measures.
âAt no other time than during the COVID-19 pandemic has it been more apparent that public transit is a critical component to thriving communities,â said TARTA CEO Kimberly Dunham. âWe have been honored to continue to transport 3,000 customers daily to essential destinations including work, medical services, pharmacies and grocery stores. Our front-line staff have been steadfast and have worked diligently to keep our community moving during this most challenging time.â
âImmediate action needs to be taken to address the public transportation industryâs dire financial situation so that we can continue to serve essential employees every day and can help with the nationâs economic recovery,â said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. âThe industryâs very survival is at stake.â
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