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Top 10 Reasons to Thank Congress

We’re kicking off 2016 by celebrating passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or “FAST Act.” For the first time in 10 years, Congress passed a long-term transportation bill. This critical legislation will enable investment in roads, bridges, rail, and—YES!—public transportation.

As part of our celebration, we want to send a collective THANK YOU to Congress. They got the job done! Here are our top 10 reasons—in no particular order—why Congress deserves our recognition:

  1. Five Years! — The FAST Act provides five fully funded years of investment in America’s transportation infrastructure.
  2. 18 Percent Increase — The FAST Act increases our nation’s investment in public transportation by 18 percent.
  3. No More Short-Term Bills — Inconsistent, short-term funding—a total of 36 bills over six years—set back American public transportation. Now we’re moving in the right direction.
  4. Bipartisan Cooperation — There’s a lot of division in Congress, but legislators set aside differences to reach consensus on long-term transportation funding.
  5. Keep Public Transportation on Congress’ Radar — We need effective implementation and oversight of our national investment in public transportation, so Congress still has a role to play.
  6. Encourage Members of Congress to Be Ongoing Champions of Public Transit — Support for public transportation needs to be sustained and expanded.
  7. Strengthen Your Ties to Washington — Your thanks will help you build and strengthen your relationship with your elected officials and their staff.
  8. Demonstrate Your Long-Term Support for Public Transit — Show Congress and their staff that you’re a dedicated public transit advocate who will remain active and engaged in discussions about the future of American transportation.
  9. Increase Your Clout — Congressional offices take special notice when constituents offer their thanks. Elected officials and staff are more likely to listen closely to your views in the future.
  10. It’s the Right Thing to Do — Members of Congress heard us and responded. Let’s give them the thanks they deserve.

Reason enough? We hope you’ll take a few minutes to email Congress your thanks now.