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 Local Media Event Ideas for Stand Up for Transportation Day

  • Hold press event highlighting projects that would be started/completed in the next five years with federal funds. Conversely, talk about projects that won’t get done because of lack of federal funds. Invite local officials and partners.
  • Conduct a bus tour of a project(s) that would be launched if federal funding is provided. Stop at one or two places and have local officials and partners talk about how the community would benefit, using the “Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows“ message. Conversely, talk about impact on your community of not doing the projects.
  • Hold the event at your local college/university with students and discuss the growing demand for more services and why the bill is needed.
  • Hold the event at a local senior citizen facility and discuss the growing senior tsunami and why the bill is needed.
  • Offer tours of the local transit facilities and or business operations. Invite local officials and partners. This would provide a visual of the impact of lack of funding on current and future projects.
  • Conduct a town hall discussion about the impact on local projects if the transportation bill does not pass.
  • Hold an event at a capital project under construction (April will be the start of construction season in many areas). Invite local officials and partners.
  • Conduct a bus tour of facilities or right-of-way that are outdated with focus on state-of-good-repair. Invite local officials and partners.
  • Conduct a media event/rally with people who benefit from your services (senior citizen, person with disabilities, local business owner, student, commuter, single parent, veteran).
  • Conduct a tour of manufacturing or production facility. Talk about the impact of uncertainty of federal funding on operations and employees. Invite local officials and partners.
  • Ask a local celebrity to be part of your event/rally and talk about the need for investment in your community.
  • Organize a rally with your local advocates and have them deliver your message.
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