Lawmakers form public transit caucus

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“Maintaining and improving our public transportation systems must be a part of the solution to creating jobs at home and ensuring our competitiveness in the global marketplace," he continued.

Grimm agreed, saying that “a strong public transport system is crucial to our economy and our livelihood, which is why it must be maintained and updated to meet growing demand and ensure the highest levels of safety." 

"Unfortunately, there is currently a gap between where our public transportation infrastructure needs to be and where it is today, which is why this caucus is so important," he offered as his rationale for starting the transit caucus.

Transit advocates cheered the formation of the caucus Thursday.

"Transit is a key component of America’s transportation system, which is the backbone for the country’s economy,” Getting America to Work founder Joe Costello said in a statement. “We appreciate the leadership of Congressmen Lipinski and Grimm in creating this caucus to focus more national attention on this critical need.”