Happy 49th Anniversary, FTA!
On July 9, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Urban Mass Transit Act, creating the Urban Mass Transit Administration, which was later renamed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
In signing the Act, President Johnson said, "This is by any standard one of the most profoundly significant domestic measures to be enacted by the Congress during the 1960's."
Two years earlier, President Kennedy had made the case for public transportation to Congress:
"To conserve and enhance values in existing urban areas is essential. But at least as important are steps to promote economic efficiency and livability in areas of future development. Our national welfare therefore requires the provision of good urban transportation, with the properly balanced use of private vehicles and modern mass transport to help shape as well as serve urban growth."
Today, in urban centers and rural communities alike, the FTA continues to support what President Johnson called “the prudent progress that Americans deserve and that they expect.”
Congratulations, FTA, on 49 years of helping to keep Americans moving!