The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is touting the role of public transportation systems in helping U.S. residents access health care facilities.
“About 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they lack a ride to the doctor,” Acting FTA chief Therese McMillan wrote in a blog post on the Department of Transportation’s website on Wednesday.
“Public transportation is key to making health care accessible and potentially lowering those costs,” McMillan continued. “Creating reliable options for patients to get to medical appointments can reduce hospital stays as well as ensure that people from all backgrounds stay healthy.”
The comments followed a “Ride To Wellness” summit that was hosted on Wednesday by the FTA and the National Center for Mobility Management.
The remarks also come as some Republican lawmakers suggest eliminating federal funding for public transportation systems as Congress struggles to pay for a new highway bill.