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Official statements from T4America

RELEASE: The emergency funding for transit and Amtrak is good but not enough

Late Monday evening, Congress passed appropriations for fiscal year 2021 that included $908 billion in a supplemental COVID-19 relief package. Transportation for America and our partners the Alliance for a Just Society, NRDC, and U.S. PIRG released this statement:

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Over 160 elected officials and organizations support fundamental changes to the federal transportation program

In a letter to Congressional leadership, over 160 elected officials and organizations urge Congress to prioritize maintenance, safety over speed, and access to jobs and services in the next long-term transportation law

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Transportation for America’s statement on Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary nominee

15 Dec 2020 | Posted by | 5 Comments | , ,

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg has just been picked as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation. Here is a statement from our director, Beth Osborne, on his selection.

“We are very excited to hear that Pete Buttigieg has been nominated to be Secretary of Transportation,” said Beth Osborne, director of Transportation for America. “As mayor of South Bend, he showed great commitment to the safety of all road users through Complete Streets and that Complete Streets were about economic development because they better serve local residents and businesses. For example, our sister organization, the National Complete Streets Coalition, worked directly with South Bend on a Complete Streets demonstration project focused on reducing speeding on a neighborhood street. As a candidate for president, he proposed a fix-it-first approach to highway funding, a national Vision Zero strategy, and measures to organize the federal transportation program around improving access to jobs and essential services for drivers and non-drivers alike. We look forward to working with him in his new post at USDOT.”

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Over 30 members of Congress support equal funding for public transit and highways in a resolution led by Reps. García, Pressley, and Jeffries

Today, 30 members of Congress joined Representatives Jesús G. “Chuy” García (IL-4), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) in a groundbreaking resolution supporting equal funding for public transportation and highways.

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Statement on the sudden passing of TTD president Larry Willis

30 Nov 2020 | Posted by | 1 Comment |

A statement from Transportation for America’s director Beth Osborne on the death of Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

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Playing politics with safety: “Anarchist” transit agencies caught in the crossfire

14 Oct 2020 | Posted by | 0 Comments | ,

In blocking New York City, Portland, and Seattle from receiving Federal Transit Administration research grants, the Trump Administration is using arbitrary and politically-motivated pretext to deny cities and transit agencies the funding they need to make transit safer amidst the ongoing pandemic.

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Transportation for America’s statement on surface transportation policy extension

Late last week, Congress and the President extended federal surface transportation policy for one year after failing to reform and reauthorize the program this year before its expiration on September 30. Transportation for America released the following statement:

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Nationwide rally for emergency public transit funds in COVID-19 relief legislation

6 Aug 2020 | Posted by | 0 Comments |

During a rally on Wednesday, four members of Congress and scores of transit riders, transit agency executives, and union representatives from coast to coast to make a powerful plea for Congress to provide at least $32 billion in emergency relief.

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T4America statement on Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act

Senate Republicans’ COVID-19 relief funding proposal contains no emergency funding for transit for passenger rail. T4America released this statement in response. 

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Release: 88 elected officials, organizations, and businesses thank the House Transportation Committee for passing the INVEST Act

30 Jun 2020 | Posted by | 0 Comments | ,

Last week, 88 elected officials, organizations and businesses signed a letter written by Transportation for America commending the leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee for passing a new framework for the federal transportation program.

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