Public transportation emergency funding support assessed

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) maintains recent study findings determined 77 percent of voters want to see emergency funding for public transportation.

The APTA said the FirstView Presidential Election Post-Election survey directed by Heart+Mind Strategies indicated a supermajority of voters support emergency funding as a means of helping front line workers get jobs while also aiding the economy’s recovery.

“These survey results clearly show that Americans not only want actions now to save public transit during the pandemic, but they want continued long-term actions that preserve and expand public transit services,” APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said. “APTA implores Congress and the Administration to come together to provide emergency funding for public transportation as quickly as possible.”

Skoutelas said the public transportation industry continues to serve essential employees every day. Still, many transit agencies will need to reduce transit services and routes without additional emergency funding while furloughing transit workers.

The online survey was conducted from 1 p.m. EST on Nov. 3, 2020, to 7 a.m. EST on Nov. 4, 2020, the APTA noted, adding the effort consisted of a total of 2,005 interviews with a nationally representative sample of individuals nationwide.

Additionally, officials said the survey noted 71 percent of respondents said public transportation keeps communities working and is essential to keeping society functioning.