Transit ridership has plummeted all over the U.S. in the wake of COVID, and experts agree $32 billion is needed to keep trains and buses moving. While the COVID relief package being debated in Congress is likely to include some funding for transit, it’s not likely to be anywhere near that amount.
This is why a broad coalition of transit advocates has come together across the U.S. to hold a series of online forums in big cities—including this one hosted by Move LA last week, which featured an impressive roster of elected officials, speakers and advocates.
- Congresswoman Norma Torres, Senior Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation & HUD
- Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chair of the Metro Board
- LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Metro Vice-Chair
- California Transportation Commission Chair Hilary Norton, Founding Executive Director of FAST
- California State Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim
- Ron Miller, Executive Secretary at Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
- Tracy Hernandez, Founding CEO of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
- Art Aguilar, Chairman, Amalgamated Transit Union California Conference Board and President, ATU Local 1277
- Stephanie Ramirez, Associate State Director of Community, AARP California
- Autumn Elliott, Associate Managing Attorney, Disability Rights California
- Jessica Meaney, Founder and Executive Director of Investing in Place
- Carter Rubin, Transportation Technical Strategist, American Cities Climate Challenge, NRDC
- Scarlett De Leon, Campaign & Organizing Manager, Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA)