“We have to convince people that green jobs matter, and that transit is the greenest job you’re going to find.”
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is the largest labor union representing transit workers in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members including: metropolitan, interstate, and school bus drivers; paratransit, light rail, subway, streetcar, and ferry boat operators; mechanics and other maintenance workers; clerks, baggage handlers, municipal employees, and others.
The ATU joined the BlueGreen Alliance in December of 2009 with an interest in expanding transit systems and strengthening of America’s transit infrastructure and operations.
Expanding transit systems is a core component of modernizing our nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. Right now, nearly a quarter of the nation’s bus and rail infrastructure is in marginal or poor condition. Existing public infrastructure has suffered from decades of deferred maintenance. As a result, our nation’s public transit systems would need an immediate investment of over $77 billion just to bring them into a state of good repair.
At the same time nearly 80 percent of public transit systems have cut vital services or raised fares due to drastic funding shortfalls. This has resulted in a mass transit crisis in our nation.
ATU believes that creating and expanding the U.S. public transport system not only provides reliable mobility for years to come, it creates good jobs, delivers customers to businesses, and helps clear the air by helping the U.S. reduce emissions and advance energy efficiency. There is literally nothing more effective in getting our economy moving than mass transit.