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Public Transit Advocates Mobilize; Opposing Cuts to Public Transit, Urging Inclusion in Infrastructure Initiative

During APTA’s 2018 Legislative Conference, March 18–20 in Washington, DC, APTA members will mobilize to oppose cuts to the federal Capital Improvement Grant (CIG) program and to inform Congress and the administration on the imperative of including public transit investment in the proposed infrastructure initiative.

While APTA and its members support the administration’s stated goal to strengthen America’s infrastructure, the association opposes cutting federal funds for existing public transit infrastructure programs to pay for it.

According to APTA, these cuts would be counterproductive to fostering prosperous communities. Specifically, the cuts to the CIG program would put 56 public transit projects at risk. These projects total $46 billion in investments in America’s public transit infrastructure.

APTA members are coming to Washington to continue to work with Congress and the administration on investing in—and not cutting—public transit infrastructure. Investments in public transportation contribute to economic growth and jobs—the hallmarks of a thriving economy.

To complement APTA members’ face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff, APTA will create a surround sound of outreach activity in conjunction with this year’s Legislative Conference. Activities are designed to ensure that Congress and the administration understand that the proposed cuts would have a devastating impact on local communities and public transit investment must be a part of a proposed infrastructure initiative to help boost local economies.

Public Relations ­Outreach
Public transit advocates will conduct media interviews with local radio stations in their home communities. The interviews will be taped for release later in the day. The CEOs will highlight how investment in an infrastructure initiative can help their local communities.

CEOs whose systems have CIG program grants at risk will participate in a press conference call later in the day. In addition, public transit systems not represented at the conference, but who have CIG grants at risk of being cut, are encouraged to join in the outreach by disseminating information via social media and to their local media.

Advertising Outreach
APTA will conduct an inside-the-Beltway radio, online and print advertising campaign prior to the conference—continuing the association’s advocacy messaging until April.

Grassroots Outreach
As part of this grassroots effort, more than 210,000 people across the country are encouraged to let their congressional representatives know the importance of public transit to their communities. They will share their personal stories of the critical need to invest now in public transit.

For more information, ­contact ­Mantill Williams.

A sample ad that can be used to promote public transit interests. An example of Voices for Public Transit's social media outreach.

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