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APTA's Advocacy Efforts Heat Up During Congress' August Recess

APTA is urging all of its members to reach out to their congressional representatives during the August recess to thank them for taking action to approve short-term funding for MAP-21 (which expired on July 31) and to emphasize the importance of investing long-term in road and public transportation infrastructure before the program’s next deadline on Oct. 29.

The Senate has moved forward with the first step in the process by providing funding for a three-year bill. Now the focus is on the House, and APTA is advocating for House members to pass a bill that provides six years of funding

Specifically, members can contact their members of the House in a number of ways, including writing a letter, visiting their district offices, inviting them to a facility or on a ride-along, attending a local Town Hall meeting and conducting a special event.

For tips and materials, APTA has compiled the “August Recess Outreach Toolkit,” which includes sample letters to members of Congress, a list of local Town Hall meetings listed by geographic area and model op-eds and letters to the editor.

In addition, the toolkit includes detailed background information, which APTA also distributed in its Legislative Alerts. For details and to access the toolkit, click here and look under News Updates.

In related news, DOT is also encouraging transportation officials, riders and advocates to take action in August by participating in its “Infra-Wear” social media campaign.

The campaign features photos of underfunded and under-maintained transportation infrastructure uploaded to its Instagram page, using the tag @USDOT and hashtag #ShowUsYourInfraWear.
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