The Coalition for Transportation Choices has added The Public Transportation Preservation Act of 2010 (S.3412) to its list of Federal Legislative priorities.
The bill, introduced in Congress on May 25, would provide an immediate, temporary infusion of $2 billion in transit operating funding to preserve service for the millions of Americans who rely on transit every day, and to save and create thousands of jobs. This is immediate help for the transit funding crisis happening in Rhode Island and across the nation. (View a map showing transit agency cutbacks across the nation at the Transportation For America website).
Call Sen. Jack Reed at (202) 224-4642 and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse at (202) 224-2921 to thank them for co-sponsoring this legislation and urge them to take a leadership role in ensuring the swift passage of this bill.
A recent survey by the American Public Transportation Association indicates that since January of 2009, 84 percent of transit systems raised fares, cut service or are considering one of those actions. These cuts are difficult for lower-income people, working families, older Americans, people with disabilities, African Americans, and Latinos – all of whom are particularly dependent on transit service to get to jobs, take their children to school, and access health care and other essential services. Further, more than half of our nation’s transit agencies have laid off workers or are considering layoffs in the future.
These tough economic times call for this emergency legislation. We’ll continue to update you on the progress of this bill and let you know what you can do to help.
Coalition for Transportation Choices.