It’s Time to STAND UP for Our Transportation Infrastructure4/2/2015 4:32 PM |
The clock is ticking! Public transportation agencies throughout the U.S. are calling upon Congress to renew funding for the federal transportation program called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (also known as MAP-21).
Set to expire on May 31, 2015, more than $227 billion in economic productivity is at risk to the nation’s economy over six years without long term federal investment in public transit.
On April 9, VTA will join more than 300 organizations in communities across the country to participate in the nationwide Stand Up for Transportation Day. This day of advocacy, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is focused on urging Congress to pass a comprehensive, long-term federal investment that provides funding for no less than six years before the May deadline.
VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Project broke ground in 2012 largely in part due to the federal government’s support of $900 million in New Starts funding. Now in its third year of construction, BART to San Jose is on its way to serving 23,000 riders when it first opens its doors in 2017.
Critical federal funding has also allowed VTA to purchase new, hybrid diesel-electric buses to replace aging, less energy-efficient diesel buses in its fleet. In addition, over $61 million in federal dollars helped fund VTA’s Vasona Light Rail Project in 2005 and more than $18 million went into retrofitting VTA’s light rail platforms to provide level-boarding for customers.
Without federal funding support in the future, the extension of BART further into San Jose, additional future clean-energy buses, and the maintenance of our transit assets are at risk. The expansion and upkeep of our public transit, roads and bridges need to be dealt with now and we need long-term investment in our aging infrastructure and transportation resources.
Please join VTA, local leaders, students, riders and the business community on April 9 as we collectively call attention to the state of our nation’s transportation infrastructure and the need for improvements.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and County Supervisor Dave Cortese, among others, will join VTA General Manager and CEO Nuria Fernandez in a local rally at San Jose State University at 10 a.m. to help make the case for public transit investment.
When: Thursday, April 9th at 10 a.m.
Where: San Jose State University Campus
Near South Seventh and East San Salvador (walking? take Paseo de San Carlos)
(the rally will take place outside the San Jose Event Center in front of the wrapped 60’ foot VTA bus)
Please wear RED to the rally and together we will make our voices heard!
A special video has been created to demonstrate the importance of transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area and how thousands of people depend on it daily.
Please watch and share this video using the #StandUp4Transportation or #SU4T tags to show your support.