The hardworking people at Transportation For America created this map illustrating service cuts, fare increases, and transit worker layoffs that have been proposed or have recently occurred in public transportation systems throughout the United States. Click on the balloons and dollars signs for details.
How you can help. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is prepared to introduce an amendment to the economic recovery package to provide $2 billion in operating assistance funds for public transportation agencies. Consideration of this amendment must first pass the House Rules Committee, which will determine this Tuesday by 3:30 p.m. which amendments to include with the House recovery package.
Update Monday evening: According to the Transportation for America Coalition, DeFazio's amendment has already been denied on parliamentary grounds. Everybody who attended staff meetings on Capitol Hill today "was aware of the transit amendments because of all of our calls and outreach," but to no avail. There is another chance: Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is working to add $3 billion additional funding to the transit portion of the economic stimulus bill. This amendment would be added to the Manager's Amendment working its way through the House Appropriations Committee.
If public transportation is important to you, please call the office of Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Chair of the House Rules Committee, through a quick phone call before Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Transportation For America provides the details you need here.
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