TELL CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS: Prioritize state transportation funds for transit, maintain regulations and oversight
Transit systems throughout California are losing billions of dollars as most riders stay home and local and regional sales tax revenues have slowed to a trickle. Transit doesn’t have to become another casualty of COVID-19, and we can save it without state general fund dollars that are urgently needed elsewhere.
Join us in calling on state legislators to move existing transportation funds from highways and capital projects to transit operations — paying transit workers to keep buses and trains clean, safe, and moving.
We should prioritize transportation dollars where they are needed most — new roads and bridges are not facing existential threats right now, but transit is. For the sake of the climate, racial and social equity, and the livability of cities now and in the long term, it’s time to start shifting the focus of state transportation dollars.
At the same time, real oversight over how transit agencies spend their money must continue. Some interests are asking for “regulatory relief” during this crisis, but this is no time for reprieves from established clean air rules. Air pollution is a huge public health problem that falls disproportionately on low-income communities of color, even before it increased vulnerable peoples’ risk of death from COVID-19. If anything, such rules need strengthening.
Continued financial oversight is also critical as transit agencies accept major infusions of relief dollars. If you agree with shifting the focus of state transportation dollars toward transit operations, and holding firm on regulatory oversight, now is the time to let your state legislators know.
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