George Mason University Collections

The organization that would eventually become APTA first organized as the American Street Railway Association on December 12, 1882, in Boston, Massachusetts. The initial meetings focused on the price of oats for the horses that pulled transit vehicles, but that focus evolved as more transit companies built electric systems. In January 2000 the name of the organization was changed to the American Public Transportation Association. Despite various name changes, the mission of the organization has more or less remained the same, specializing in issues dealing with transit equipment, transit management, and labor issues. More content is available in the physical collection described here: