Public transportation showed its strength at the height of the COVID-19 crisis—and it will play a fundamental role in our nation’s recovery. Public transit systems have continued to operate as essential services, enabling pandemic-critical healthcare, public safety, utility, pharmacy, and grocery workers to reach their jobs and help our communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. A thank you goes out to all of these workers, including tens of thousands of public transportation employees. You are all heroes!
Long-Term Bill Invests in Public Transportation for Our Nation’s Recovery
Public transportation will play a central role in our nation’s social and economic recovery. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation—the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act—that will enable public transportation to fulfill this role.
The INVEST in America Act is a five-year transportation bill that includes robust funding to fix and upgrade public transit systems, improve safety for all forms of travel, and implement public transportation projects driven by local leaders. The bill also includes critical funding to enable America’s public transit systems to continue safe operations and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public transportation, powered by the long-term investment of the INVEST in America Act, will provide:
Public transit directly employs more than 435,000 people (pre-pandemic)—jobs that support families in both large cities and small communities. Some public transit employees have been furloughed, but federal emergency funding has enabled transit systems to postpone or reduce layoffs and keep trains and buses running safely.