Wednesday, January 24, 2007

APTA Calls Bush on His Auto-Centricity

Bill Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association called out President Bush for not mentioning transit as a way to reduce oil consumption. The following is an excerpt but the full text can be found here...

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is disappointed that, in his State of the Union address, President Bush did not recognize public transportation usage as one of the ways Americans can reduce their dependence on foreign oil. We urge Congress and the Administration to increase investment to make public transit services available to more Americans and to include incentives that will encourage greater transit use in the energy legislation that will be developed. The millions of Americans who use public transportation each day know it saves gasoline. APTA commissioned a study entitled "Public Transportation and Petroleum Savings in the U.S.: Reducing Dependence on Oil" so that the President, Congress and our citizens can have the right facts before them to make informed decisions about how to solve our country's energy issues.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I believe that using mass transit - whether the rider realizes it or not - demonstrates that rider's patriotism. When we use transit, we are using less oil - when we use less oil, we are less dependent on the politically unstable resource. I never understand how people in Escalades or Hummers can be so oblivious to the consequences their choice of vehicle creates. Freedom is not an SUV or a Hummer.