With his signature today President Biden has accomplished what many presidents have talked about but failed to deliver: a massive infrastructure bill with $550 billion to spend on the nation's infrastructure—the largest investment in roads, bridges, ports, water and rail in years. This is a huge victory for the tens of millions of people who depend on public transit every day.
Our partners at the National Campaign for Transit Justice have created a scorecard on how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—also called the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill”—compares to our policy goals. And President Biden's second signature piece of legislation, the Build Back Better Act, may be voted on as early as this week.
Together these two bills represent unprecedented investments in our nation’s public transit systems, and will ensure that public transit not only survives the COVID pandemic, but actually builds back better.
Move LA played a pivotal role in the effort to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. We coordinated at least nine meetings with key members of Congress and their staffs, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, and generated hundreds of messages to federal representatives from constituents who support public transit funding.
We also worked with LA Metro Board Chair Hilda Solis on an op-ed about the need to pass this historic transit funding bill and received support from all five of LA County's Supervisors who asked for federal support for transit agencies to expand and improve their services.
As a result, funding in the infrastructure and Build Back Better bills will mean Los Angeles County riders will have:
- Improvements in operations to ensure that buses and trains run frequently and reliably
- More connections to safe and reliable public transit options for low-income residents
- New buses, trains and streetcars, and funding to repair or replace those that are out of service
- Improvements in the accessibility of public transit for seniors and people with mobility impairments
- Expansion of transit options in rural and tribal communities
- Investment in transportation solutions that reduce air pollution and help address the climate crisis.
At Move LA we believe that President Biden has accomplished a massive first step, and now we need Congress to complete the job and pass the Build Back Better Act. When combined, these two investments will begin to ensure safe, reliable and accessible transportation for everyone, no matter where they live.
We applaud President Biden and Congress for the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and we urge Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act without delay. The tens of millions of people who depend on public transit cannot afford to wait any longer.