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Stay up-to-date on transportation with Streetsblog Capitol Hill

We’re happy to announce that our good friends at Streetsblog have launched Streetsblog Capitol Hill — a new site delivering news on transportation with an insider’s knowledge but an outside-the-beltway voice — to help make sense of the complicated process of making federal transportation policy. It’ll be a daily read for all of us here at Transportation for America, and we’ll be pointing you to their content from time to time. Drop by and say hello to Elana and their new team.

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Today’s briefing on Complete Streets — and the view from Decatur, Georgia

With the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and a few of our key partners this morning, Transportation for America held a briefing on Capitol Hill about Complete Streets — and how putting complete streets into the next transportation bill will go a long way towards improving health, safety and livability for Americans. Decatur, Georgia Mayor Bill Floyd, one of the panelists, told the story of how building complete streets in Decatur have made the city safer and more livable for its residents and visitors.

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Highway Trust Fund could need as much as $17 billion to stay in the black

News broke yesterday that the Obama administration is telling Senators that the Highway Trust Fund — that pays for the projects approved in the transportation bill — will go broke by August if an emergency infusion of at least $7 billion isn’t approved. The system is broke, but it’s also broken. We need a federal transportation system that works, not the same broken thing at twice the price.

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Help Dan. Save Traffic

28 May 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments | , ,

Dan loves traffic. But Congress could take it all away when they consider this year’s reauthorization of the federal transportation bill. Will they give us the kinds of transportation options that could suck the lifeblood right out of traffic? Or will they simply pump more money into a broken system. Dan is waiting to find […]

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New policy paper: Transportation in small towns and rural regions

Our current transportation program leaves rural communities stranded. Providing access to jobs and the economy is critical for these rural areas and smaller towns. With little local control over how transportation money is spent, local transportation initiatives are often made in small towns and rural communities with little attention to local preferences and concerns. (Download our latest policy brief on Transportation, Small Towns and Rural Communities.)

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Webinar Series: Transportation and the Economy

Can smarter transportation investments play a part in bringing about an economic recovery? Join us as we discuss the connections between transportation and economic opportunity tomorrow, Friday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m. EDT. Speakers will explore how the transportation sector drives the economy and creates employment opportunities for American workers. Topics will include the transportation sector’s ability to create good jobs and sustain global growth, and the use of transportation as a driver of neighborhood revitalization.

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Where should our transportation dollars go?

13 May 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments | ,

USA Today’s “Snapshot”on yesterday’s front page used data from a a poll conducted in January by Transportation for America and the National Association of Realtors. Source: USA TODAY

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Choosing where to invest transportation dollars in Houston

8 May 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments | ,

We wanted to highlight this piece from Reuters’ Infrastructure Summit — especially an appearance by T4 America Partner The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition. Chairwoman Robin Holzer and the CTC have been working hard to bring attention to one of the most wasteful projects receiving money from the stimulus, using it as one more example to show how “the federal transportation funding system is broken, it’s just broken.”

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Aloha Complete Streets!

7 May 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments | ,

Great news coming out of Hawai’i, where a burgeoning coalition of passionate advocates were able to get a statewide complete streets policy passed this week — the 92nd policy at any level passed in the U.S. The One Voice for Livable Islands Coalition brought together biking, walking, health and other advocates to help raise awareness about the dangerous situation on Hawai’i’s roads — and how a complete streets bill could help make the streets safer and more accessible for everyone.

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Join us for our “Blueprint” release next Monday

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For those of you in the Washington, D.C. area, we would like to invite you to a special briefing on Capitol Hill this Monday (May 11) as we release the Transportation For America “Blueprint” for this year’s Federal Transportation Bill. If our Platform, released in February, was like the stated destination for our country’s transportation system, then Route to Reform: Blueprint for a 21st Century Federal Transportation Program would be our directions for getting there.

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