This fall, Congress will be negotiating the FY2018 federal budget and appropriations. Lawmakers need to hear that public transportation is a priority for the American people and deserves to be fully funded. Public transit should be included as a part of any new infrastructure initiative moving forward.
Voices for Public Transit and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) are sending a call to action to its members, APTA 2017 EXPO attendees, and Voices for Public Transit advocates. They are gearing up to #Rally4Transit to tell Congress to fully fund public transportation and include it in any proposed infrastructure investment initiative. The goal is to make public transit the biggest topic of conversation online and in Washington, DC, for one day on Tuesday, October 10.
They are calling on Congress to renew our nation’s historic commitment to public transportation in the upcoming budget. The Administration and some members of Congress have proposed cuts to public transportation that may stall or undermine current and future public transit projects. Cuts to public transportation will hurt American communities and our economy, cost jobs, reduce public safety, and increase traffic congestion.
Public transit infrastructure investment generates economic benefits, helps communities attract business development, supports job growth, relieves traffic congestion, and helps lift people out of poverty. Conversely, proposed cuts would jeopardize 800,000 jobs and $90 billion in economic output.
Here are ways you can participate:
Make a Boom on Social Media: Join the #Rally4Transit Thunderclap to demonstrate to Congress that support for federal funding of public transportation is both broad and deep across America in communities of all sizes. It's easy to participate; all you need is a Facebook or Twitter account. Visit the Thunderclap link at http://bit.ly/R4TThunderclap and sign up in advance of the #Rally4Transit! On October 10 at 12pm, Twitter and Facebook will post the same message on each of our Facebook and Twitter pages at the same time, using the hashtag #Rally4Transit.
Add Your Name: Sign the Change.org petition, "Rally4Transit: Congress Must Re-Commit to Public Transportation." Visit the Change.org petition athttp://bit.ly/R4TChange to add your name to our petition and call on lawmakers to renew their historic commitment to public transit funding.
Contact Your Legislators: You can contact your legislators to make your support for public transit heard. Visit http://bit.ly/R4TFastAction to send a letter urging your legislators to support public transit.
Visit the #Rally4Transit Facebook event page and click “Going” to show your online friends and followers that you will be participating.
Take a selfie and post a photo of support or upload a video to the event page, sharing your message of why you are rallying for transit. Be sure to include the hashtag #Rally4Transit!
Add a #Rally4Transit Facebook Frame to your profile picture. It’s easy:
Step 1: Go to your Facebook Page
Step 2: Hover over your profile picture
Step 3: Select “Update Profile Picture”
Step 4: Select “Add Frame”
Step 5: Search “#Rally4Transit”
Step 6: Click “Change Picture”
We/I urge #Congress to reject #publictransit cuts & re-commit to fully funding the #FASTAct. #ISEPTAPHILLY #Rally4Transit