ABA Supports Rebuilding Infrastructure, Wary of Financing

Today ABA commented on the release of the White House’s framework for rebuilding America’s infrastructure. 
 
"ABA welcomes improvements to nation’s surface infrastructure, as improvements would ameliorate congestion, enhance safety, reduce costly traffic delays and provide improved fuel economy," said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. "We believe that improving the nation's aging infrastructure can facilitate and improve the travel and tourism experience for our passengers. Encouraging more opportunities for private businesses to support public transportation needs will allow the motorcoach industry to play greater role in meeting public transportation demands, providing more efficient services at lower costs.”
 
However, Pantuso raised concerns about how such an undertaking would be financed. "The financing of such a plan will be a huge undertaking on the government, as well as states and localities.  Further, ABA does not support an expansion of tolling to existing highways and will advocate on behalf of our members to ensure parity with transit will not be altered by Congress in their efforts to raise funds.”

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

Contact

Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations, ABA
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