For the past two years, Voices for Public Transit—now more than 171,000 members strong—has been calling on Congress to pass comprehensive, long-term transportation legislation that enables the improvement and expansion of public transit.
The good news is, we are not alone! We’re hearing Democratic and Republican leaders—in Congress and around the country—voicing their support for federal action to create long-term investment in our transportation system.
Every community depends on transportation infrastructure, so it’s no surprise that leaders across the political spectrum say that the federal government should provide long-term support for transportation—just as it has traditionally done for decades. Here is some of what we’ve heard:
“We need a long-term solution to our infrastructure needs. It’s a ticking time bomb in a lot of American cities and we’re hoping Congress will act and finally pass a long term bill.”
— Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (Republican)
“Having good, reliable transportation options is vital to our long-term economic competitiveness as a city and as a country; it only makes sense to come up with a long-term, sustainable plan to support transportation.”
— Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (Democrat)
“In order for the City of Dayton, as well as the entire country, to continue to address infrastructure needs, it is imperative that federal funding remain at or be increased over current levels. Funding of the Highway Trust Fund must be a high priority and new sources of revenue must be identified to insure it remains solvent into the future.”
— Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (Democrat)
“Governors urge Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that provides the certainty needed to plan for future projects and the flexibility needed to tailor those projects to the unique challenges that face each state.”
— Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (Republican)
“[It is] ESSENTIAL to have a long-term bill. 5-6 years is what we should look at.”
— House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (Republican)
“[M]y top priority this year is to pass a fiscally responsible, long-term [transportation] bill…. More short-term extensions are not the answer. Our states, industries, and economy need long-term authorizations that ensure funding and allow for the planning of big, long-term projects of regional and national importance.”
—Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair James Inhofe (Republican)
Everyone Benefits from Public Transit
Public transportation is not a partisan issue, nor should it be. Without federal transportation funding, the quality and availability of all types of transportation decline. Worse, road, bridge, and public transit safety have been jeopardized by a lack of dependable federal funding.
Write Congress today—even if you’ve written already—and share why you support long-term funding. If you want, you can highlight that you’re in good company—with support coming from a diverse range of elected officials united by their constituents’ need for improved and expanded transportation options.