TCR recently signed on to a letter to Senator Toomey regarding the Transportation Alternatives Program. Thankfully, the Senator decided not to offer his amendment striking Sec. 213 Transportation Alternatives Program from the U.S. Code. He had filed it against the Senate Finance Committee bill extending and funding MAP-21 into next year, but took no further action on its behalf. The bill passed Committee, but has become embroiled in a larger Senate skirmish on how or if to extend MAP-21. Many factors undoubtedly influenced Sen. Toomey’s decision not to pursue his anti-TAP amendment, but most certainly the incredible outpouring of support for TAP from Pennsylvanians, and groups like ours was among them.
In the past few weeks, bike/ped/trail supporters have fought and prevailed in three congressional battles over continued federal funding for active transportation, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails Program. It seems our Congressional leadership needs to hear from us even more to better understand the importance of increasing funding for valuable active transportation programs.
For far too long, America has been in a transportation rut, pouring money into systems that increase our emissions and oil dependency. What’s more, in too many of our communities we have failed to invest in efficient transportation options like public transportation, passenger rail, and increased safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
This is our chance to change that.
By putting significant resources behind a plan to build clean transportation options, we’ll not only help meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals and reduce our dependence on oil, we’ll also create thousands of new jobs, save consumers money, and make our communities better places to live, work, and play.
This climate change bill is an opportunity to make serious progress. But with transportation accounting for nearly a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of our oil usage, clean transportation options must be part of the final legislation if we expect it to do the job.
Tell your Senators that a comprehensive climate bill must include adequate funding for clean transportation options. Click here to tell them we want big, bold changes this year!