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Today is the “Don’t X Out Public Transportation” day of action

15 events around the country today are highlighting the devastating impact of the House’s initial transportation proposal that would cut to public transportation funding by 35 percent.

As we reported last week, today is the “Don’t X Out Public Transportation” day of action to highlight the crippling impacts of the proposed 35 percent cut to public transit. The events are being held in more than 20 cities in cooperation with the American Public Transportation Association and a number of key partners to let Congress know that deep cuts mean Americans losing their jobs or their ability to get to their jobs, as well as groceries and essential services.

These kind of cuts are the last thing Washington ought to be talking about in a fragile economy.

Supporters of today’s action are encouraged to wear red in support of public transit, and some agencies are going one step further — painting large red X’s on the the side of buses with routes threatened by cuts. Check out these photos of Xs being painted on buses belonging to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Association below.

You can find more information about today’s events around the country at supporttransit.org. Looking for a rally near you? Go here to find the full list of cities hosting events.

At 11 a.m. eastern time, members of the media and other interested parties are invited to call into a telebriefing featuring APTA President William Miller; Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union; John Robert Smith, T4 America co-chair and president and CEO of Reconnecting America; and others.

Photos courtesy of the American Public Transportation Association.