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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides Long-Term Funding for Public Transit

Passed with bipartisan support in 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides historic levels of investment funding in public transportation.

IIJA Strengthens America’s Commitment to Public Transit

These investments will go a long way in helping local communities:

  • Make long-overdue upgrades to public transit infrastructure while modernizing bus and rail fleets.
  • Replace older public transit vehicles with newer, lower-emissions ones to support the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future.
  • Improve access to public transit for both historically underserved communities as well as for riders with disabilities.

Unlocking New Opportunities for All Americans

The bottom line is this: passage of the IIJA will help strengthen and improve public transportation options—including new and expanded bus services, light rail, and train systems—in communities of all sizes across the country.

The federal investments made possible by the IIJA will increase access to public transit, helping more Americans access critical economic, employment, and entertainment options while supporting a cleaner environment and improved quality of life for everyone, regardless of whether they ride public transit every day or not at all.

Navigating the Road Ahead for Public Transit Funding

While these federal investments are critical to the future of public transportation, it’s also important to recognize the time it will take for them to move from Washington to local communities where they can make a difference.

Watch our video below to see how the federal public transit investments outlined in the IIJA actually make it from congressional authorization to implementation.

Every step of the way, Voices for Public Transit have a critical role to play in order to:

  • Hold legislators and policymakers accountable for the promises they make.
  • Support local public transit ballot measures and initiatives.
  • Raise awareness about the need for public transit investment in their communities.

Looking ahead, this commitment from our elected leaders in the IIJA will translate to faster, safer, and more efficient bus, light rail, and train systems in communities nationwide. The increased mobility options will help more people access critical opportunities while reducing emissions, easing traffic congestion, and improving the quality of life for all Americans.

 

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