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Letter urges lawmakers to fully fund transportation this year and rethink the federal transportation program (PRESS RELEASE)

Letter urges lawmakers to fully fund transportation this year and rethink the federal transportation program (PRESS RELEASE)

Transportation for America
25 Jun 2019 | Posted by Jenna Fortunati 

WASHINGTON, DC – With over 200 signatures from elected officials and organizations, Transportation for America today sent a letter to Congress calling for Members to use fiscal year 2020 appropriations and the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization as two opportunities to fundamentally change the federal transportation program.

Transportation for America (T4America) urges Congress to fully fund critical transit, passenger rail and multimodal programs at historic and/or FAST Act authorized levels this year and to set a vision for the next reauthorization, including holding the program accountable for maintaining our transportation system, building safer streets, and connecting people to jobs and services by providing reliable transportation choices.

“We can no longer afford to keep doing the same thing when it comes to our broken federal transportation policy,” said Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America. “With several potential opportunities ahead—FY20 appropriations, the looming surface transportation reauthorization, or an infrastructure package— it’s vital that Congress recognize that new funding alone will not solve our problems. We are asking Congress to reset our priorities, like prioritizing the repair and maintenance of our existing roads before allowing states to build expensive new ones that also bring decades of new repair costs. We are asking Congress to invest in providing more transportation choices and to measure transportation success the way normal people do: by measuring what destinations they can reach quickly, safely, and affordably, rather than by just measuring how fast vehicles are traveling. We are urging Congress to prioritize safety and equity by embedding these values in our system. And we are urging Congress to harness the power of technology as a means to achieve these goals and prevent it from exacerbating our problems. These are achievable shifts that would make a huge, positive difference in people’s lives across the country.” FULL ARTICLE

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