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What We're Working Toward

NATA is an alliance of private sector companies that operate transit systems in the U.S. and Canada. 

Our mission at NATA is to educate policy makers and legislators on our role in and contributions to public transportation across the county. Its members provide public transportation services under contract to city and county transit agencies, safely, reliably, and efficiently.

Every day our members transport millions of people to jobs, school, medical centers, retail stores and more. The services we provide have a major positive impact on economic development and the quality of life in cities.

Global experience, local partnerships

Our member companies have decades of experience managing public transportation. We work together with our public transit authority clients to help deliver on business processes, systems, and technology to transport passengers safely.

Stretching taxpayer dollars, providing exceptional service

We help our clients ensure that taxpayer dollars go further through the efficiencies we achieve, the systems and technology we bring, and the operational discipline we instill. We are your partner in providing excellent transit service in your community.

Helping cities reinvest in their systems

The savings we deliver enable cities to reinvest in their systems, add new technology, and improve service throughout the community. Adding a private contractor means you’ll have an additional expert helping your agency adapt to the challenges ahead.

The private sector has a long history of operating public transit services under contract to city and county transit agencies

Public transportation will be a vital part of the post COVID-19 economic recovery.

We are helping our clients orchestrate the return of more normal transit operations as cities gradually re-open their local economies. We are implementing key changes needed to ensure passenger and employee safety.

More than two thirds of transit agencies in the U.S. contract with the private sector to operate all or a portion of their transit service.

Key cities where our members operate public transit for transit agencies include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte and many more.

Nearly a third of transit agencies in the U.S. contract with the private sector to operate all or a portion of their transit service.

Key cities where our members operate public transit for transit agencies include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte and many more.

Learn more about contracting from UITP: Contracting in transit

This recent report sheds light on the value and benefits of private contracting in North America and internationally to meet passenger needs. Download the study >>

Supporting our partners in public transportation

We are also proud members of APTA (American Public Transportation Association), the major transit industry association, and are collaborating with them on advocacy efforts for public transportation.

Diversity and inclusion

At NATA our members stand against systemic racism and inequity. Public transportation systems should serve and be accessible by all citizens, regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic status.

The appreciation for inclusion and belonging is a core value for our member companies, as is the focus on professionally developing underrepresented populations and providing livable wages. Our industry serves a multicultural population for whom public transit is an essential lifeline for employment, shopping, school and other essential services. Transit creates a path for economic opportunity and for personal services with our riders. Our member companies cannot be successful unless their workforces reflect the diversity of the multicultural communities we are proud to serve.

Within our member companies, we have a broad array of diversity programs, aimed at promoting and improving diversity across all levels of each individual organization. This is a responsibility that we have to our workforce, our industry, and the communities we serve.

Recent data published by the American Public Transportation Association examining the ethnic makeup of public transit riders in comparison to the share of the U.S. population reveals the responsibility public transit systems have to provide safe, reliable and equitable transportation solutions for all.

NATA members are committed to creating equitable public transportation solutions across North America.

Our mission is to educate policy makers and legislators on our role in and contributions to public transportation across the county.

Antitrust Statement
Our strict policy is that there shall be no agreements—express or implied—restraining members’ freedom from making independent decisions in matters that affect competition. Each member shall be completely independent to set prices, establish production and sales levels, choose the markets in which he or she will operate, and select his or her customers and suppliers.

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