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  • #StuckInTraffic Twitter Town Hall Shows Momentum for a Transportation Solution

    On February 11, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx appeared before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to lay out the Obama administration’s vision for American transportation. Then, as soon as the hearing was over, he and Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) hopped onto a national Twitter Town Hall to listen and answer questions from anyone on Twitter.

    Consensus for Long-term Transportation Funding

    Over 90 minutes, more than 1,000 tweets were posted with the town hall hashtag #StuckInTraffic. Individuals and organizations shared ideas, raised concerns, and asked questions. The tweet traffic made it clear that a diverse range of voices want to see America’s transportation infrastructure crisis addressed.

    Notably, two key business organizations—the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)—as well as the American Public Transportation Association participated in the town hall and voiced their support for a renewed and increased federal commitment to transportation infrastructure. The Chamber tweeted, “Federal #highway & #transit programs are integral to economic growth across the U.S.; more investment is better for America.” The NAM posted several infographics and highlighted that transportation infrastructure projects will “add 1.3 million jobs at the onset.”

    Though Foxx and Shuster represent different political parties, they supported each other’s points and sounded determined to find a bipartisan solution. In response to a question about the duration of a transportation bill, Shuster underscored that it is “ESSENTIAL to have long-term bill. 5-6 years is what we should look at.” Secretary Foxx emphasized that “Multimodal IS the future. Finding new ways to move people, products will increase flows—rail, transit, highways—we need it all.”

    Americans Voice Their Transportation Priorities

    The #StuckInTraffic Twitter town hall gave every participant a chance to share ideas, information, and concerns. Several themes emerged, including:

    • Access - Several participants highlighted the need for fair public transportation access for all, including underserved communities, rural Americans, and seniors.
    • Safety - During the town hall, we heard a lot about safety and the need for “Complete Streets,” which serve cars, public transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
    • Economic Opportunity - Lots of tweeters highlighted the economic benefits that come from investments in transportation, including public transit. The American Planning Association, for instance, noted that Cleveland’s investment in bus rapid transit (BRT) resulted in $5 billion in economic development and 4,000 new housing units.

    These points—and many others—make the case for renewed federal support for public transportation. The message is getting through, but we can still do more.

    Advice from Chairman Shuster: Contact Your Members of Congress

    One tweeter asked what Americans can do to improve their commutes? Chairman Shuster had a blunt answer: “Encourage your members [of Congress] to improve ALL modes so they work together as 1 system, instead of many.” We agree. April 9 is national Stand Up for Transportation Day and public transportation supporters across the country will be calling on Congress—by phone, by email, on social media, and in person—to finally move forward with a large-scale plan to improve and transform American public transportation. In the meantime, you can send an email NOW at the Voices for Public Transit Action Center.

  • International Models for Public Transportation: Improvements in Copenhagen

    When we look around the globe, we see several regions that are building entirely new transportation systems. But there are also great examples of cities and regions that are improving on what they already have. For the U.S.—which has some form of public transportation in almost every region of the country—we should seek out strong models for expanding and improving already established systems. Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen offers just such an example.

    Improving Established Infrastructure

    Copenhagen’s urban rail “S-train” network has been operating since 1934. (The nationwide train system goes back to the 1800s.) It connects outlying regions of the city and suburbs to the city center. While the S-train network is similar to an American commuter rail system, trains run frequently—at least every ten minutes during working hours—and have stops spaced just 2 kilometers apart, on average.

    While the S-train operates like a subway within the heart of Copenhagen, the city wanted to provide further transportation options, especially for people living in a growing outlying area called Ørestad. After considering many options, planners settled on a light rapid transit system, called the Copenhagen Metro, that uses short three-car driverless trains. Smaller trains, smaller stations, and driverless systems help contain long-term costs and enable frequent service 24/7. The system launched in 2003, and an expansion is slated to open in 2019.

    Even though Copenhagen had the S-train system—as well as buses—planners recognized that the metropolitan area was continuing to grow and public transportation needed to expand as well. Though light rapid transit had higher upfront costs than other options, such as a tram network, planners determined that this type of system would provide better value in the long run—and it has.

    Technology as a Game-Changer

    Inconvenience and inefficiency are challenges public transportation systems must continually confront and overcome. People may want to ride, but they don’t want to wait. Navigating multiple ticketing systems—or even finding correct change—is also a hassle that can discourage the use of public transportation.

    Copenhagen recognized that investments in technology, combined with the spread of smart phones, can help address these challenges. The city now has an integrative ticketing system that enables riders to move seamlessly between different modes of transportation. Riders can find real-time information on their phones and purchase tickets through a smart phone app or even text message.

    The city’s transportation network also supports commuting by bicycle. Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Metro stations have bike-parking facilities to support multi-modal transportation. Bicycling is central to transportation planning, not an afterthought, and the city has a goal that 50 percent of commuters will use bicycles to reach work or school. Bicycling and public transportation have already significantly cut the city’s pollution.

    Takeaways from Copenhagen

    Though Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the country’s largest city, its metropolitan area, with a population of about 2 million people, is roughly the size of metropolitan areas like Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; or Las Vegas. Robust public transportation has a place not just in mega-cities, but in more modest-size cities and smaller communities as well.

    Copenhagen’s public transportation also makes some other key takeaways clear:

    • Planning and investment for the long term pay dividends
    • Even if you already have public transportation, you must commit to maintenance, growth, and expansion as populations expand and needs change
    • The smart use of technology can improve public transportation and increase ridership, which means a bigger return on investment for the local economy
    • Public transportation works best when it is integrated with other forms of transportation, such as bicycling or rideshare programs

    Congress should not simply fund public transportation. It should also support sound strategies that get the most out of our public investment. Some of those strategies can be found in the example of Copenhagen.

  • Highlights of President Obama’s Transportation Proposal

    Earlier this month, President Obama released his budget proposal, which includes a $478 billion, six-year proposal for transportation funding. The President’s proposal is certain to be met with counter-proposals from Congress, but it provides a good starting point for negotiations.

    Fundamentally, the President is proposing what Voices for Public Transit advocates for—long-term, stable funding for American transportation, including public transit. But beyond this big picture, here are some highlights that stand out:

    • Increased Funding for Public Transportation—At its heart, the proposed budget calls for a solid 75% increase in public transportation investment over current levels. The President proposes budgeting $123 billion over six years for the maintenance, improvement, and expansion of public transportation systems.
    • Competitive TIGER Grants—The proposal increases the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program to $1.25 billion annually. These competitively bid grants enable communities to earn funding for innovative transportation programs. The $1.25 billion still falls far short of demand—which was $9.5 billion last year—but it’s a step in the right direction. (For more on TIGER grants, see our blog post, “USDOT Awards TIGER Grants for Public Transportation Projects.”)
    • Streamlined Project Reviews and Regulation—The budget includes reforms to improve how government operates. Planning and funding major public transportation projects is a complex process. Policy changes will improve coordination among government agencies and strengthen decision-making at the local level.
    How Will Congress Respond?

    The ball is now in Congress’s court. President Obama has offered his vision for American transportation, but any final plan must come from Congress. It is certain that Congress will not accept the President’s proposal wholesale—but which components will they keep?

    When Voices for Public Transit participates in Stand Up for Transportation Day on April 9, we should be ready to highlight what matters to us. You can use examples from this post and find others by reviewing the budget highlight documents listed below.

    Related Reading: U.S. Department of Transportation Budget Highlights Fiscal Year 2016 U.S. Department of Transportation FY 2016 Budget Fact Sheet

    • Transportation Is Moving in Washington, D.C.

      Transportation discussions in Washington, D.C., have taken shape quickly this year. Everyone agrees that a long-term solution will be better than another short-term fix, and there is also broad agreement that we need a new vision for our nation’s transportation strategy. The only question is whether members of Congress and the Administration will all be able to agree on what that vision should be in time to beat the May 31 deadline for the Highway Trust Fund.

      Here’s a quick overview of some of the key developments over the past several weeks.

      President Calls for 21st-Century Infrastructure

      In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama tied infrastructure directly to “building the most competitive economy anywhere, the place where businesses want to locate and hire.” He elaborated on how infrastructure underpins the entire economy: “21st-century businesses need 21st-century infrastructure—modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains, and the fastest internet…. Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could…make this country stronger for decades to come.”

      On February 2, President Obama released his budget proposal, which includes a $478 billion, six-year proposal for transportation funding. We’ll have more on the President’s budget in future blog posts.

      “A System of Systems”: Achieving a Truly Comprehensive National Transportation Network

      At the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx laid out the framework for a 30-year national transportation plan. Later this year, the Department of Transportation will issue a report detailing this 30-year vision for new and replacement transportation infrastructure.

      A key aspect of the Secretary’s approach is looking at American transportation in a holistic way. “Transportation is a system of systems. The idea that we’re looking at the system comprehensively is the thrust of this report.”

      Foxx noted that some areas of the country are growing faster than others—such as the South and the West—and they need expanded transportation infrastructure to meet increasingly larger populations. Changing transportation patterns and emerging technologies will shape how new public transit develops. For instance, payments systems supported by smartphones will streamline operations, improve connections, and enable multi-modal transportation. Foxx also said that increased biking and walking “could be a real game-changer.”

      As we discussed last week, Secretary Foxx has invited all Americans to participate in the development of our nation’s plan for transportation in his Google Fireside Chat, “Beyond Traffic.” If you missed the Fireside Chat, you can view a recording of it online here.

      Will Bipartisanship Prevail?

      At the end of the State of the Union address, the President made a forceful call for bipartisan cooperation. That call for cooperation has also been heard from Secretary Foxx and congressional leadership, particularly Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

      In a Washington Post article announcing the bipartisan Twitter Town Hall to be held February 11, Representative Shuster and Secretary Foxx confirmed their intention to cooperate and collaborate on finding a solution. Secretary Foxx affirmed, ““There are no Republican or Democratic potholes. This country needs to see people on both sides of the aisle finding ways to work together.” Rep. Shuster added, “On both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the Capitol, on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, everybody is talking about [the urgent need for] a long-term [transportation] bill… I’m certain the secretary and I could find a number that we agreed on. It might be a little different than [Rep.] Paul Ryan and [Sen.] Orrin Hatch, it might be a little different than [the Office of Management and Budget], but that’s something we could work through.”

      Making Sure the Voice of Public Transportation Is Heard Loud and Clear

      We are enthusiastic and optimistic about the outlook for a long-term transportation funding solution this year, and we want to ensure that solution includes dedicated funding that will meaningfully improve and expand public transportation nationwide.

      We’ll keep you updated as the debate continues, and let you know what you can do—like submitting questions to #StuckInTraffic for the Twitter Town Hall on February 11—to help keep Congress and the Administration focused on public transportation as one of the major pillars of our nation’s transportation future.

    • U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx Discusses “Beyond Traffic”

      On February 2, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx launched a national conversation about transportation—“Beyond Traffic”—with a “Virtual Fireside Chat” featuring Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The two had a wide-ranging discussion about many aspects of transportation, including public transit, and the important role played by the federal government. While Foxx expressed frustration with Congress and short-term fixes for transportation funding, he projected a hopeful vision of transportation systems that meet the needs of our changing nation.

      Secretary Foxx’s goal, which we share, is enabling local communities, states, and regions to engage in “truly responsible transportation planning for the future,” knowing they can depend on the funding to support those plans being available long term.

      Recognizing Trends for Better Transportation Planning

      Foxx underscored that the “Beyond Traffic” framework is really a conversation starter. As he noted on the DOT’s Fast Lane blog, Beyond Traffic “will lay out the trends and choices facing American transportation over the next three decades.”

      In his fireside chat, he touched on many factors that are critical to keep in mind as we plan transportation systems that need to serve us for decades to come. These factors include:

      • Millennials are buying fewer cars, and relying more on public transportation, bicycling, and ridesharing.
      • Americans increasingly live in concentrated urban areas. By 2045, 75 percent of the nation will live in mega-regions.
      • Truck traffic on our nation’s roadways is expected to increase by 60 percent in the coming years.

      Room for Improvement

      Foxx acknowledged that our country “has been riding on cruise control” when it comes to transportation and infrastructure. He noted that our current highway system was essentially completed in 1992 and our air traffic system dates back to World War II. “Our system is static,” Foxx noted, despite all of the changes in how and where we live and work.

      While Foxx did not offer detailed proposals, he underscored sensible themes that will drive improvements, including the need for:

      • Multi-modal transportation that makes it easy for people to use multiple modes of travel on any given trip, including biking, walking, ridesharing, and public transportation
      • Greater coordination between local, state, and federal government—and between government and the private sector
      • An improved regulatory framework—one that has government working alongside private-sector innovators

      Why Google?

      Though most people think of Google as an Internet search provider, the company has a special interest in transportation. Google is one of the leading developers of self-driving automobile technology—which could change the nature of transportation as we know it. Eric Schmidt also noted that Google operates the largest private employee bus service in the U.S. In addition to discussing driverless cars, Foxx also answered questions about emerging unmanned aerial vehicles—better known as drones—and rideshare services such as Uber (Google has invested more than $250 million in Uber).

      With Google as a backdrop for the discussion, Foxx made it clear that technology has the potential to improve transportation in many ways. But these improvements still largely hinge on Congress’s passing legislation that provides sufficient and stable transportation funding.

      Voices for Public Transit Need to Be Part of the Conversation

      Secretary Foxx covered many aspects of our transportation system, and real solutions will require that America look at our transportation system as a whole, not look at roads, cars, shipping, public transit, and bike paths and walkways separately. That said, Voices for Public Transit believes public transit must be a cornerstone of our transportation system and that means our voices need to be heard loud and clear in the conversation.

      As always, we’ll keep you informed and let you know how you can get involved. We also encourage you to start making noise in your own communities. Let us know how you’re participating in the conversation.

    • Public Transportation is the Foundation of a Modern Transportation Network

      Simply put, America is changing and growing. In the coming decades, our population will surpass 400 million people. More people continue to move to cities, increasing urban density and placing pressure on transportation systems. And suburbs continue to spread, creating increased need for transportation options that connect people efficiently from outlying residential neighborhoods to urban job centers.

      In this environment of growing and interconnected communities of all sizes, public transportation must serve as the cornerstone and linchpin of American mobility. We already have a strong foundation of public transportation—but now we need to expand and optimize.

      A Network of Public Roads

      Too often, when we discuss transportation options, we pit public transportation against private cars. This division is important to acknowledge, but it’s worth thinking more holistically about transportation. People increasingly use multiple modes of transportation—even on a single trip.

      We also tend to think in terms of individual cities or regions, when in today’s economy, we need to think about how to better connect rural communities and suburbs to cities, cities to regions, and states to other states. We need a nationwide transportation network that includes roads and rails working in tandem, and that accommodates all types of travel.

      Today, the United States has the largest road network in the world—and our roads are public. The vast majority of roads are owned and maintained by local and state government. These roads must serve all of us, accommodating sensible combinations of private cars, buses, streetcars, bicycles, and pedestrians on adjacent sidewalks. We tend to associate roads with private cars, but they are actually public spaces that bring together multiple modes of transportation, and good roads are essential to support both traditional bus and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services, as well as more targeted services, such as transit-on-demand or mini-bus networks in rural areas.

      Public Transportation Provides Universal Mobility

      As the saying goes, no man (or woman) is an island. We all need to be mobile for one reason or another. But not all of us can drive or have access to private cars. To ensure mobility for every American, and better mobility even for those who do own cars, public transportation is essential. For many people, buses and rail enable travel when car ownership is out of financial reach. For people with disabilities or older Americans who cannot drive, paratransit enables access to shopping, community, and health care.

      Transportation solutions and policies that include public transportation serve every American, even those who don’t ride. Public transit spurs economic development, cuts traffic congestion, and helps lowers air pollution. Even if you don’t use public transportation, it remains an option—where it is available. (And we believe public transportation should be available in every community, including small towns and rural areas.)

      By providing mobility to everyone—and the opportunities that come with mobility—public transportation can be seen as fundamental to the fabric of American life. It is an equal-opportunity infrastructure that enables every American to move forward and every community to grow in smart, positive ways. Does Congress understand this?

    • #InvestNow: Walking and Biking are Part of Multi-Modal Public Transportation

      Too often, discussions of transportation pit one form of transportation against another. Will we build roads or support bike paths or expand public transit? In practice, millions of Americans—especially younger Americans—use several types of transportation, often using them in combination to get where they need to go.

      We need transportation options that work together and include the healthiest, most environmentally friendly forms of mobility—public transportation, walking, and biking.

      Changing Transportation Trends

      A recent report from the Transportation Research Board shows that driving rates are declining in America and are likely to continue falling for decades to come. Analysis shows that driving—measured in vehicle miles—leveled off in 2004 and began to fall in 2007. Some predicted that driving would increase again as the economy recovered, but this hasn’t happened.

      Several factors are contributing to the decline in driving, including technological advances, changes in the workplace, and the aging population. Increased concern about the environment is also contributing to the decline in driving.

      Notably too, today’s younger Americans are riding public transit, walking, and biking more while driving less than previous generations. In some areas of the country, the number of bike commuters has more than quadrupled over the last 25 years.

      Healthy Transportation Options

      Public transportation, combined with walking and biking, helps make Americans healthier. Increased physical activity—such as walking to bus stops—reduces the risk of becoming obese or developing diabetes. A recent study also found that commuting by foot or bike reduces stress and improves concentration. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports transportation policies that promote multi-modal transportation combining public transportation with bicycling and walking.

      Smart transportation policies can help advance positive trends. For instance, in 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP), which funded walking and bicycling infrastructure and programs in four test areas. NTPP greatly increased walking and bicycling trips in the test areas and reduced driving by 85 million miles.

      Will Multi-Modal Transportation be Part of Congress’s Agenda in 2015?

      The evidence is clear: Americans are increasingly integrating public transit, walking, and bicycling into their individual transportation choices. Multi-modal transportation improves public health, helps reduce pollution, and eases roadway congestion. In 2015, Congress must embrace a vision for public transportation—and pass legislation—that reflects the proven benefits of multi-modal transportation. Voices for Public Transit will be working hard to keep public transportation—and multi-modal transportation!—at the top of Congress’s agenda.

    • International Models for Public Transportation: India Invests in Rapid Transit Rail

      Over the last two decades, many nations have made substantial investments in public transportation. In some cases, nations have improved already robust systems. But parts of the developing world are developing altogether new systems.

      India is a case in point. While the Indian railway network dates back to the 19th century, the country only launched its first modern subway in 1984 in Kolkata (Calcutta). The Delhi Metro—serving India’s capital area—opened in 2002. In 2009, following a period of rapid national economic growth, the Indian government committed to spreading rapid public transit to cities across the country.

      National Leadership Advances Metro Systems in India

      In the U.S., public transportation systems are developed through cooperative efforts between cities, regions, states, and the federal government. The U.S. Department of Transportation supports public transportation projects through leadership and by providing partial funding for projects. Ultimately, public transportation benefits all of us—by powering our economy, helping our environment, and improving civic life—so the federal government clearly has a role.

      In India, the national government, through its Planning Commission and the state-owned Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), follows a more top-down model. Recognizing that public transportation improvements drive economic development and empower the nation’s workforce, the national government has essentially mandated and funded public transportation improvements across the country.

      As a top goal, India has set out to bring full-blown “Metro” systems—local rapid transit rail running above and below ground—to at least its 20 largest cities. Many other cities have or are building bus rapid transit (BRT) systems as well. As a point of comparison, in the U.S., only about a dozen metropolitan areas have rapid transit rail systems.

      Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, a leader and advocate of Indian public transportation, says that the benefits and return on investment justify the upfront costs of rapid transit rail. “The number of accidents come down, congestion is reduced, pollution levels go down. It is capital-intensive, no doubt. But the Economic Rate of Return is nearly 20-25%.”

      What Can the U.S. Learn from India?

      Voices for Public Transit is not advocating for the U.S. to adopt India’s top-down model, but we do believe Congress can take a leadership role in making public transportation a true national priority by setting ambitious goals, reducing hurdles to getting public transit projects up and running, and providing funding.

      India has developed a long-term, far-reaching plan for the nation’s public transportation. That plan has supported and continues to drive India’s economic growth. India has followed the lead of the U.S. and Europe when it comes to investing in education and technology. Now maybe it’s time for our nation to learn something from them.

    • Public Transit Improves Safety on New Year’s Eve

      Every year, more than 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes—and New Year’s is the most dangerous time of the year to be on our nation’s roads. In 2012, after midnight toasts, 70 people lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents.

      One of the best ways to minimize the risk of an accident on the New Year’s holiday is to ride public transit. Fortunately, recognizing their important role in supporting safe travel, many public transit systems offer free and/or extended service on New Year’s Eve.

      Free Public Transit Service

      A range of public transit systems around the country pitch in to help on the New Year’s holiday. This is true of both large city systems and smaller, regional public transit providers. Here’s just a sampling of systems offering free rides on New Year’s Eve and into the wee hours. Note that free service begins in the evening, usually between 6:00 and 10:00 PM.

      • Capital Metro in Austin (TX)
      • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Greater Boston area)
      • Chicago Transit Authority
      • Duluth (MN) Transit Authority
      • Metro in Los Angeles
      • Metro Transit in Madison (WI)
      • Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority
      • San Francisco Muni (but not the BART system)

      Check the website of your local public transportation provider to see if there are extended hours and/or free service. And even if you need to pay, remember that using public transit if you’ve been drinking is not just good for you, it’s better for everyone who may be out celebrating that night.

      If you’re riding on New Year’s Eve, let us know! Ring in the New Year by posting to the Public Transportation Facebook page or tweeting and hitting the #Voices4Transit hashtag.

    • #InvestNow: Public Transportation Improves the Lives of Americans

      We have a great case to make to Congress when it comes to asking for a long-term commitment to expand and improve public transportation: public transportation strengthens local communities and drives economic activity; it can save households money; it helps reduce pollution; it provides a viable option other than driving; it improves health by promoting physical activity. But what is the “big picture” when we take all of these factors together?

      Fundamentally, public transportation improves Americans’ quality of life.

      Public transportation contributes to happy, healthier lives and more vibrant, economically sustainable communities. Here are just a few “quality of life” examples:

      • Who wants to sit in traffic? Every year, Americans waste billions of hours sitting in snarled traffic. In 2011, Americans sat an additional 5.5 billion hours in their cars due to traffic, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The average cost per American was $818 for the year. We can earn more money but we can never recoup lost time. Public transportation reduces traffic and lets riders continue leading their lives—staying online, working, or socializing as they travel.
      • Mobility for older Americans—83% of older Americans say that public transportation enables easy access to the things they need in everyday life. Public transportation improves the quality of life for older Americans by reducing isolation and providing mobility even when one is no longer able to drive.
      • Public transportation improves and saves lives—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically recommends expanding public transportation because of its positive impact on public health. Public transportation’s reduction of emissions and promotion of incidental physical activity reduces the incidence of some diseases and saves lives. Public transportation also provides essential and affordable access to health care for many Americans.

      What member of Congress wouldn’t want to stand up and say, “I just voted to improve the economic viability and quality of life in America”? Or “I just voted to help older Americans and people of all ages get around”? Or “I cast a vote that will improve the health of Americans”? A vote for public transportation is supporting our nation’s values. We must let Congress know this, clearly and emphatically.

      How does public transportation improve the quality of your life—or the lives of friends and family? Share your story with us on the Public Transportation Facebook page or on our website.