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.
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.
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
Apr. 20, 2020
We know millions of families across the country are staying home and staying safe. Thank you for doing your part! It’s a challenging time, but it’s great so many kids are still learning online and through various home-based learning activities. Voices for Public Transit wants to pitch in by offering a few home-school activities that […]
Lawmakers passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—including $25 billion in emergency funding for public transportation—late Friday afternoon, March 27. President Trump signed the bill into law just a few hours later. This urgently needed legislation—passed with a strong bipartisan vote—provides broad economic relief to Americans and supports critical industries, including public […]
Mar. 10, 2020
Our major advocacy goal—winning increased public investment in public transportation—will be accomplished through small, steady steps that together lead to big wins like the 2015 FAST Act. These steps are absolutely critical—even if by themselves they may not look like much! As your last Voices for Public Transit resolution for 2020, please commit to taking […]
Feb. 4, 2020
2020 Resolutions to Support Public Transit Resolve to Recruit Five Friends to Participate in Voices for Public Transit We’re kicking off 2020 by encouraging public transit supporters to make resolutions that will expand support for public transportation funding in our nation’s capital and in our local communities—and everywhere in between. At the start of this […]