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December 15, 2020  |   Posted In

Tolar Manufacturing Company Joins Public Transit Systems Around The Country In Urging Congress To #SavePublicTransit

APTA-organized day of action and engagement will take place on Tuesday, December 15

Corona, CA — Locally-based Tolar Manufacturing Company, a 30+ year fabricator of bus shelters, BRT stations, and street furniture for the public transit industry across North America, is joining fellow APTA members and industry partners on Tuesday, December 15th to collectively fight to #SavePublicTransit with a day of mobilization and engagement.

Organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), #SavePublicTransit Day shines a light on the dire financial crisis facing the public transportation industry and urges elected officials to take immediate action.

It is critical that Congress move forward and provide emergency funding for public transit in the lame duck session before Congress recesses for the holiday. The industry is calling on Congress and the Administration to provide at least $32 billion in emergency funding to ensure that public transit agencies can survive and help our communities and nation recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.

“Immediate action needs to be taken to address the public transportation industry’s dire financial situation so that we can continue to serve essential employees every day and can help with the nation’s economic recovery,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “The industry’s very survival is at stake.”

Gary Tolar, Founder and President of Tolar Manufacturing Company noted, “As suppliers to the public transportation industry, we employ a workforce that has a direct impact on our country’s economy. For every $1 billion spent on manufacturing projects for public transit, over 13,000 jobs are created, and those workers go on to spend their paychecks in their local communities.” Tolar urged Congress to act now, “It’s imperative that Congress be part of the solution to pass legislation for emergency public transit funding now so that people’s lives are not further negatively impacted due to a lack of mobility preventing them from getting to their jobs, medical appointments and schools.”

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