Poll: 68 percent of Americans want more transit spending

APTA survey shows growing support for more public transit.

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. residents want more federal spending on public transportation systems, according to a polled released on Monday by a Washington, D.C.-based transit advocacy group.

The survey, which was conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute for American Public Transportation Association (APTA), showed a two point increase in support increased transit funding than a similar poll that was conducted last year according to the groups.

APTA President Michael Melaniphy said the findings showed Congress should including more money for public transit systems in the next round of transportation bill it is scheduled to consider next spring.

“We believe Congress should move swiftly on a robust long-term funding plan for the next surface transportation bill, and not wait until the extension deadline of May 31,” Melaniphy said in a statement. “Americans understand the importance of investing in public transportation because it is a catalyst to transforming their community.”

The transit groups said their poll found that 74 percent of U.S. residents "support the use of tax dollars for creating, expanding, and improving public transportation options in their communities."

Source:, Keith Laing

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