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American Public Transportation Association

The American Public Transportation Association is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for the advancement of public transportation programs and initiatives in the United States since the organization's founding in 1882. It educates the public about the benefits of public transportation through organized bus, light rail, urban heavy rail and other programs. It lobbies Congress and local government bodies in favor of public transportation inmprovements and new developments.

Each year, the American Public Transportation Association awards the America's Best Transit System award (formally, the Public Transportation System Outstanding Achievement Award) to a single United States public transportation system. The contest was met with controversy when cities opposed having to compete each year with The Bus, Honolulu's mass transit system, which had won the competition twice. The service provided by the City & County of Honolulu in Hawai'i was removed from competition as other cities felt they could not compete with its standards.

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