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COVID-19 Hammers Public Transportation

Feb. 2, 2021

Public transportation is helping to save lives and keep our communities strong, but the pandemic is straining public transit systems. Congress can help by providing a new round of emergency funding to close the gap.

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Covid-19 Politics

A Big Welcome to the Biden Administration and 117th Congress

Jan. 22, 2021

Voices for Public Transit welcomes new and returning members of Congress back to Washington! We are excited to begin working with Congress and the many  new faces in the Biden Administration. Thank you for your past—and future—support for public transportation. Communities across the country benefit every day from public transportation, but more must be done to champion this vital, essential service.

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Covid-19 Politics

Opportunities and Challenges for Public Transit in 2021

Dec. 30, 2020

Big changes are just weeks away in Washington. The new Congress convenes on January 3, this election cycle will wind down after the Georgia Senate runoffs on January 5, and President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris take office on January 20. Under a new presidential administration and Congress, there is an opportunity for elected officials from both sides of the aisle to unite and support public transit.

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2020: A Year of Challenges, Resilience, and Victories for Public Transit

Dec. 28, 2020

2020 has been a historic year—by many measures. Our nation has struggled, but communities have also pulled together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide relief for the most vulnerable.

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Covid-19 Politics

Voters Overwhelmingly Support Public Transportation

Nov. 19, 2020

Public transit won big on the ballot this year, with results across the country showing that voters overwhelmingly support transit issues and investments in their communities. Voters approved 15 of 18 local ballot measures supporting public transit in the general election—adding to 32 measures passed earlier this year.

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Covid-19 Election

Support Public Transit in the Elections

Oct. 15, 2020

Public transportation will appear on ballots in regions all across the country—and your vote counts. You may be able to support public transit with your vote in more than one way.

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Covid-19 Election

Public Transportation Faces a Perfect Storm

Sep. 16, 2020

American public transportation systems are facing a perfect storm: $32 billion in COVID-19 emergency funding is urgently needed to maintain safe, reliable operations that enable essential healthcare, pharmacy, grocery, utility, and other workers get to their jobs. Long-term transportation funding expires on September 30 and we need to maintain and repair our current public transit systems. We still need a bold infrastructure plan the enables our growing nation to get around in the years ahead. We need Congress to tackle all of these priorities, beginning with emergency funding.

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Covid-19

Negotiations for New COVID-19 Emergency Funding Stall in Congress: American Public Transit Systems Face Financial Shortfall

Aug. 24, 2020

Washington lawmakers have hit an impasse on providing additional COVID-19 emergency response funding to American families, state and local governments, and public transportation systems. Congress has not officially adjourned for the traditional August recess, but many lawmakers have left Washington with no resolution to the stalled negotiations in sight. This is disheartening news for many, […]

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Covid-19 Election

Congress Should Pass the INVEST in America Act 5-Year Proposal Includes Investments in Public Transit for Pandemic Recovery

Jun. 16, 2020

Public transportation showed its strength at the height of the COVID-19 crisis—and it will play a fundamental role in our nation’s recovery. Public transit systems have continued to operate as essential services, enabling pandemic-critical healthcare, public safety, utility, pharmacy, and grocery workers to reach their jobs and help our communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Essential Connections: A day in the life of public transportation during the pandemic

Jun. 10, 2020

Most Americans are navigating these uncertain times by isolating at home, as we’ve been asked to do. Others, by no choice of their own, have to be out and about. They include the essential workers who provide crucial services, like health care providers, grocers, and the sanitation crews that keep our streets clean. Others are […]

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