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Wrapping Up 2017 and Looking Ahead

As 2017 draws to a close, Voices for Public Transit wants to thank our dedicated advocates all across the country. Your continued support kept public transportation funding in the spotlight as Congress debated budget issues, tax reform, and more.

Thank you!

Making Our Voices Heard in 2017

Voices for Public Transit kicked off 2017 by welcoming new and returning legislators to the 115th Congress and reminding them why public transportation should continue to be a priority for our nation.

Unfortunately, President Trump proposed a budget that included severe cuts to public transportation, creating an early need for public transportation supporters to respond urgently—and respond you did.

In February and March, we flooded congressional offices with emails opposing the president’s budget cuts. As first the House and then the Senate began putting forth budget proposals that included cuts to key public transportation programs, Voices for Public Transit continued reminding elected officials that cutting public transportation funding would hurt the economy, jobs, and communities across the nation.

Our crescendo of activity in 2017 reached its pinnacle in October when Voices for Public Transit led a #Rally4Transit that filled cyberspace with messages of support for public transportation and raised awareness of the economic damage and job losses that would result from proposed funding cuts. We sent emails, blasted Congress with social media messages, shared stories and photos online, and sent letters to the editor to help cut through the noise to make our message heard on Capitol Hill.

What Was Our Impact in 2017?

All told, in 2017, Voices for Public Transit:

  • Sent more than 40,000 emails and letters to Congress
  • Submitted more than 2,600 letters to editors of local papers, highlighting proposed transit cuts and championing transit funding
  • Collected 18,197 petition signatures
  • Reached more than 996,000 people online with our #Rally4Transit Thunderclap

The budget debate in Congress is ongoing and will likely continue well into 2019, so this wave of activity has been important in ensuring public transit doesn’t get lost amid all the other budget priorities being debated.

What's in Store for 2018?

Lawmakers from both political parties share two goals: creating jobs and strengthening our economy. How we achieve those goals is what remains to be decided.

In 2018, whether Congress is debating the federal budget or a long-term infrastructure plan, Voices for Public Transit will be standing up and speaking out, spreading the message that investment in public transportation drives both job creation and economic growth. It helps lift people out of poverty, reduces air pollution, helps fight traffic congestion, and improves the quality of life for American communities of all sizes and people from all walks of life.

In other words, we have a great story to tell about public transportation! In 2018, we’ll be asking our entire community to help us keep telling this story until Congress really listens and ensures public transportation has the federal support it deserves.

Happy holidays and happy New Year. Let’s keep moving forward together in 2018.