Fort Worth’s The T among transit coalition’s newest members

  A. Lee Graham Reporter   The Fort Worth Transportation Authority and nine other transit agencies, associations, business groups and councils of government are the newest members of Getting America to Work, a bipartisan, nationwide coalition seeking funding to invest in the nation’s bus and rail systems.   Members’ collective aim is to support more federal funding for repairs and replacing parts of the nation’s transportation systems. The coalition considers existing federal funding not sufficient to maintain and replace the nation’s aging trains, buses, bridges and stations.   “Every dollar spent on transit generates an economic return of four to one, providing jobs and improving transit performance,” said Joe Costello, executive director of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority and founding member of coalition, commenting in a news release.   “Keeping our public transit systems up-to-date would not only improve commutes but provide significant economic benefits,” Costello said.   In addition to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, of The T, nine other transit agencies and other groups joined the coalition this summer. They are the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.; Broome County Department of Public Transportation, New York; CTRAN, Clark County, Wash.; Federation of Women Contractors; Metro RTA, Akron, Ohio; Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association; Rabbit Transit, Pennsylvania; TriMet, Oregon; and Whatcom Transportation Authority, Bellingham, Wash.   More information is available at