U.S., American Public Transportation Association: Transit agencies, railroads need $12.9 billion in federal help to offset coronavirus costs

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; March 18, 2020

As Congress works on coronavirus response legislation, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is requesting $12.9 billion for public transit agencies and passenger railroads to offset their direct costs and revenue losses related to the outbreak.

“Public transportation organizations are taking extraordinary efforts to protect the health and safety of riders and employees while working tirelessly to maintain essential services. We want to ensure that the federal government includes aid to public transportation agencies to help offset the additional costs and lost revenue related to COVID-19,” APTA officials said yesterday in a legislative alert to member agencies.

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