Transit Crisis Rally for FLEXIBILITY Funding -Sacramento
The federal government has neglected transit for decades and the country's on-going economic struggle has pushed transportation systems across the country into their own crises. Fare hikes, service cuts and layoffs are plaguing major cities dependent on transit. The riding public is losing its rides to work and school and is forced to pay more for less. Thousands of our union brothers and sisters are getting laid off, forced to join the unemployment lines. This is not the time to cut jobs, especially not green transit jobs that help reduce dependency on foreign oil and keep our air clean.
Currently, federal transit funds do not allow large cities to use that money for operating costs. Transit systems around the country have federal funds for capital expenses -to buy new trains and buses -but can't use that money to pay the operators!
TWU President James C. Little and his leadership team have formed Save Our Ride, an alliance with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and Reverend Jesse Jackson, to raise public awareness of the transit crisis and to rally for the passage of transit bills that will allow flexibility of federal aid for transit.
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have proposed bills, H.R.2746 and S.3189, that would allow transit agencies to flex funding to suit local needs. Also, eight senators from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee introduced a bill, S. 3412, to authorize emergency funding for transit agencies to help reverse fare increases and service cuts.
Save Our Ride needs your help on two fronts: on the streets and in the Capitol.
Join the TWU, ATU and Reverend Jesse Jackson to raise awareness of the transit crisis and rally for FLEXIBILITY of funding to be used to meet local communities' needs and priorities. Invite your friends and family to join us as well!
Event LocationThe Federal Building in Sacramento.