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, including the Voices for Public Transit community.
Thank You to Our Community for Taking Action!
We did not get the vote we were expecting, but we want to thank every member of Voices for Public Transit who took action. Our community sent 5,371 emails to Capitol Hill, reaching nearly every congressional office and calling on lawmakers to provide urgently needed funding to help public transit systems maintain safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congress heard our message—and we are still working hard to push for urgently needed emergency funding to provide essential services as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Public transit has been a lifeline for American communities during the crisis. It has enabled essential healthcare, grocery, utility, and pharmacy workers to reach their jobs and serve our communities. We also need safe, reliable public transit to help people get back to work or find new jobs as some states gradually reopen. Congress can and should stand up for our communities by supporting emergency funding for public transportation.
We will continue to closely follow what’s happening in Washington and keep you updated. We’ll also alert you if new opportunities arise to raise your voice on behalf of public transportation. Congress may take action on emergency funding after Labor Day—or possibly even earlier.
We also want to remind everyone that the general election in less than three months away. Many areas of the country will have public transit measures on the ballot. Please be sure to register to vote and support local plans to fund, improve, and expand public transportation.