New coalition launches to press for a transportation system that works for all AmericansSeptember 29, 2010
By Stephen Lee Davis
It connects us to schools, housing, health care, grocery stores, and most importantly, jobs. But millions of poor people and people of color live in communities where quality transportation options are unaffordable, unreliable, or just totally nonexistent. We believe this fact must change.
America should a place where everyone has access to opportunity, where everyone can get to work or a grocery store without breaking the bank or enduring long, brutal commutes. Everyone should have access to a variety of transportation options. The air should be clean and the streets safe for everyone, no matter their zip code, income level or skin color.
Isn’t America supposed to be the land of opportunity?
Today, Transportation for America is proud to join the nation’s leading civil rights, community development, racial justice, economic justice, faith-based, health, housing, labor, environmental justice, tribal, and transportation organizations to launch the Equity Caucus at Transportation for America.
Each year, the United States spends hundreds of billions of dollars on transportation projects. What we build, where we put it, who builds it, how we operate it, what energy powers it — all of these decisions have an enormous impact on our communities, economy, health, and climate. Today our investments have left many Americans behind.
We’re calling for transportation policies that build a nation where all people can participate and prosper. Together, we endorse these simple 4 steps toward making our transportation system work for everyone:
- Create affordable transportation options for all people.
- Ensure fair access to quality jobs, workforce development, and contracting opportunities in the transportation industry.
- Promote healthy, safe, and inclusive communities.
- Invest equitably and focus on results.
Join us in calling for a new direction for our nation’s transportation policy – one that ensures everyone participates and prospers. Sign the pledge and become part of the growing coalition of people fighting for transportation justice across the country.