As most of you probably know, public transit is in deep trouble because of the pandemic, because ridership and the revenues used to fund transit operations are greatly diminished in the aftermath of COVID. (El programa será interpretado al español.)
Experts agree that $32 billion is needed to keep this country’s trains and buses moving. While the COVID relief package being debated in Congress is likely to include some funding for transit agencies and their riders, it’s not likely to be anywhere near that amount.
This is why a broad coalition of transit advocates across the U.S. is holding a series of online forums in big cities—including this one hosted by Move LA, which will feature an impressive roster of elected officials, speakers and advocates (below).
Transit revitalizes economies. The public transportation industry provides more than 435,000 jobs, and it’s estimated that every $1 billion invested in transit creates and supports 50,000 jobs. Transit provides the means for many working people to gain a foothold in the economy.
Don’t forget that transit is how so many nurses, doctors, caregivers, grocery clerks and other essential workers got to work before COVID and still get to work during COVID. Transit provides anyone, regardless of income, with freedom of movement, as well as access to jobs, education, goods and services, greater economic mobility, and lower household costs.
Please join us TUESDAY in our call for Transit Justice at our "Transit is the Future!" Zoomposium Dec. 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m. with elected officials, agency leaders, business, labor, environmentalists and other important advocates (see below)
But good transit is scarce in most of the U.S. today and the COVID pandemic is likely to further weaken it. What if ridership doesn’t return and service is cutback even further?
What if more people drive and there’s more traffic and climate and air pollution? What will the people who depend on transit do to get to jobs and healthcare and the grocery store and school?
We believe that Americans need transit that is:
- Equitable—our car-based transportation system only works for those who can afford the high price, and results in traffic and GHG emissions and is dangerous for people who walk and bike as well as drivers;
- Sustainable—climate change isn’t just theoretical anymore and air pollution has returned; the transportation sector in California is responsible for more than 51% of GHG emissions.
- Economically productive—so people can access jobs, and employers can access employees;
- Safe and accessible—for women, children, seniors and people who are disabled
- Affordable—for anyone who needs it.
Please join us TUESDAY in our call for Transit Justice at our "Transit is the Future!" Zoomposium Dec. 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m. with elected officials, agency leaders, business, labor, environmentalists and other important advocates (see below).
- 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
Transit Advocates & Rider Panel:
- 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)