WHAT: Stand Up for Transportation Day – With the future of America’s public transportation, roads, bridges and rail systems on the line, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will host “Stand Up for Transportation Day” on April 9, 2015. At local events across the country, “Stand Up for Transportation Day” will unite the voices of hundreds of organizations, along with local, state and federal elected officials, business and transportation leaders, public transit advocates, and transit riders. They will collectively call on Congress to take action and pass a long-term surface transportation bill before federal funding expires on May 31.
WHY: The current federal transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31, 2015. For the last decade, Congress has passed one short-term solution after another. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, Americans across the country will face tremendous uncertainty, and public transportation systems with infrastructure in desperate need of repair will once again resort to temporary solutions.
Transportation is the backbone of our national economy, and new analysis from APTA that will be released on April 9, shows the very real impacts that the lack of federal funding would have on public transportation systems and the communities they serve.
A long-term transportation bill is urgently needed to help our local and national economies grow and to provide crucial funding for public transportation infrastructure.
WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at communities across the country a list of activities and participants are available at www.standup4transportation.org. Here are a few examples from coast to coast.
Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Transit (LBT)
Long Beach Transit (LBT) is hosting a media event with other area public transit agencies. Speakers will include Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D), Rep. Janice Hahn (D), members of the state Assembly, the mayor of Long Beach, LBT CEO and other key supporters. In addition, LBT will host a community rally in the heart of downtown Long Beach with food, music, commemorative giveaways and information on how the public can Stand Up for Transportation (SU4T).
San Francisco and Bay Area - CA Regional Public Transit Systems Partnering
Several agencies and partners have joined to conduct three events. First, is a local press event conducted by VTA on campus at San Jose State University (SJU) with local transportation leaders and advocates. Speakers include VTA leaders, county officials, and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and SJU. Second, is a regional joint press event with Bay Area Transit GM/CEOs and board members at the Transbay Terminal Center, San Francisco. Participating agencies include VTA, MTC, AC Transit, BART, Caltrans, CCTA, LAVTA, SamTrans/Caltrain, and SFMTA. This event will focus on the projects that would be started/completed in the next five years with federal funds, showcase why transit is important to the Bay Area, and urge Congress to pass new transportation bill. The third event is a project tour and networking social media event at the Transbay Terminal Center showcasing what can be accomplished with support.
Denver, CO – Regional Transportation District (RTD)
Leading up to SU4T Day, RTD is conducting a “signature bus tour” across the Denver metro region, featuring a specially branded bus that stops in each of 15 RTD districts giving people a chance to sign the bus as a visible show of advocacy. On April 9, a Unity Parade will take place from Market Street Plaza (16th & Market) to Denver Union Station. Hundreds of people from different walks of life are expected to participate in the parade carrying banners and waving transportation rally towels to create awareness for the importance of federal transportation funding. A rally will follow with regional speakers, including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado DOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt.
Normal, IL - Connect Transit
Employees at Connect Transit will staff the busiest transfer points and user-rich corporate locations to pass out materials with information about SU4T day as well as a prompt to go to http://www.voicesforpublictransit.com to sign the online petition. Recording “why I ride/why public transportation is important to me” stories that the agency will live tweet using #SU4T. An event is planned for local and federal elected officials. The event includes an invitation to elected leaders to participate in a bus obstacle course on training lot.
Lansing, MI - Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)
Invited congressional leaders, local media, business leaders, and transit and government officials will tour CATA's Capital Area Multimodal Gateway, currently under construction. The tour will include the unveiling of an exciting real-time video simulation of the region’s proposed BRT route. Agency officials will discuss how CATA uses federal funding to invest in public transportation, enhance economic development and ensure Lansing’s continued vitality.
Albany, New York - Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
The CDTA is holding a press conference as well as a bus ride-along to showcase major projects that are in the pipeline that will not become a reality without stable, sustained federal funding.
Tampa, FL - Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)
Congresswoman Kathy Castor will meet HART customers and the community on board a MetroRapid bus for a Transit Town Hall on Thursday morning, April 9, from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. The interactive event and photo opportunity will depart from the Marion Transit Center located at 1211 N. Marion Street in Tampa.
Philadelphia, PA - Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
In conjunction with the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, SEPTA will hold a “Stand Up 4 Transportation” rally the morning of April 9, outside historic City Hall at Dilworth Park. Scheduled speakers include former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and members of the region’s congressional delegation. Joining SEPTA will be a coalition of businesses, labor unions, consultants and a number of other government officials, business and labor leaders, and stakeholders.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.