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National Day of Advocacy Focuses on Infrastructure Funding

APTA is making plans for its nationwide Stand Up for Transportation Day event on April 9, an opportunity for public transportation professionals to promote the importance of infrastructure investment and the need for a long-term surface transportation authorization bill.

APTA Chair Phillip Washington, general manager and chief executive officer, Denver Regional Transportation District, is encouraging public transportation agencies and businesses to host events on that date and invite members of Congress (who will be on spring recess), the news media and public transit advocates.

"Stand Up for Transportation Day is a single day when every transportation agency and business unites in common purpose with a unified message," Washington said. "It's time to set aside partisanship and once again act in the best interest of our country to repair, strengthen and build transportation infrastructure.

"It's time to work together--Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the White House, states and cities--to close our nation's embarrassingly massive infrastructure deficit, fund state of good repair and expand public transit in every state," he added.

Stand Up for Transportation Day activities could include events highlighting projects that could be started or completed in the next five years with federal funds, public discussions emphasizing the importance of transportation service to specific populations including older Americans and college students, facility and business tours and rallies featuring people who benefit from public transportation services.

A toolkit with resources including logos, talking points, an action plan and activity ideas is available here. For additional details, contact Rose Sheridan.
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