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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]