Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:50
Two versions of transportation bill currently being conferenced
Goal: more money for public transit & more safety for kids
Groups urge Congress to pass transportation bill now
This May 3rd through May 6th, hundreds of community and faith leaders from the Transportation Equity Network (TEN) and the Gamaliel Network will come together in interfaith prayer vigils across the country to deliver a message: the federal budget is a moral document and should reflect our shared values of commitment to the common good and love for neighbor.
In 1952, Congress declared May 1st an Interfaith Day of Prayer for the Future of the Nation. In recognition of this important anniversary, hundreds of TEN and Gamaliel supporters in dozens of cities will make their voices heard at rallies throughout the week.
Supporters will be calling on Congress to pass a transportation reauthorization bill that creates and maintains good construction jobs and keeps our public transit systems running.
TEN and Gamaliel have several important goals for the legislative process, including retention of the flexible transit operating assistance provision that was included in MAP-21 (i.e., the Carnahan amendment). TEN will also promote other provisions that impact racial and economic equity (e.g., transportation enhancements and Safe Routes to School in MAP-21 and the workforce provisions in SAFETEA-LU).
Last week, the House passed a 10th extension of the current transportation authorization—SAFETEA-LU. This is a 90-day extension set to run from July 1 through September 30. By using an arcane rule, the House extension will be conferenced with the Senate Transportation Authorization Bill—MAP-21—an action that insiders are calling unprecedented. Conferees have until June 30 to conference the bill, send it back through the two chambers, and get the President to sign it into law. TEN will be targeting key conference committee members.
What: More than 20 prayer vigils, from San Francisco to Buffalo, targeting congressional leaders. Grassroots transportation advocates who want more dollars directed to public transit and transit programs for kids, like Safe Routes to Schools, will pray, sing and hold signs in front of congressional offices and in churches near threatened transit lines.
Who: Pastors, public officials, transit riders who belong to the Transportation Equity Network and Gamaliel.
When: Events are happening all week in various locations
Where: Baltimore, MD, Buffalo, NY, Chicago, IL, East St. Louis, IL, Green Bay, WI, Kalamazoo, MI, Kansas City, MO, Kenosha, WI, Milwaukee, WI, Niagara, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, Racine, WI, Oakland, CA, St. Louis, Santa Rosa, CA, MO, Springfield, IL, Toledo, OH
The Transportation Equity Network (www.transportationequity.org) is a grassroots network of more than 350 member organizations in 41 states dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and connected America. TEN is a project of the Gamaliel network (www.gamaliel.org).
CONTACT: Davin Larson, TEN Communications,