APTA & AASHTO Oppose Licensing Law

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March 2, 2012

Today, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Association of American State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced support of Senator Blunt’s (R-MO) amendment to strike ‘Licensing Requirements for Passenger Rail Carriers’ from the Senate transportation bill.  The amendment restores jurisdiction to state departments of transportation and local commuter rail authorities to select a preferred passenger service provider.

AASHTO states the provision is “intended to limit competition by creating barriers to entry into these markets” and “is in direct opposition to AASHTO’s policy of providing competitive, reliable and frequent passenger rail service.”

APTA strongly supports the amendment writing that, as written, the licensing provision ” may also result in prohibitively increased costs for continued operations of some passenger service.”

To support Senator Blunt’s amendment, please call Peter Henry at 202-224 5837 or via email at peter_henry@blunt.senate.gov.

Please contact Eric Forbes of AIPRO at (202) 568-6551 with any questions or comments.