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Members of Voices for Public Transit know public transportation benefits everyone. We’re keeping it moving.

Join the Movement

Members of Voices for Public Transit know public transportation benefits everyone. We’re keeping it moving.

Voices For Transit

We All Benefit

Whether you ride or not, public transportation benefits all of us. It reduces pollution, eases traffic congestion, and helps our communities thrive. In cities, suburbs, and rural America, public transit provides vital connections to jobs, education, medical care, and our larger communities. Help us keep America moving.

  • Making Public Transportation a Priority in 2017

    As the year winds down, we want to look ahead to the opportunities — and challenges — for advancing public transportation in 2017.

    President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear his administration will focus on improving America’s infrastructure. During his campaign, he championed a plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade.

    This should encourage public transportation advocates, but we know that a divisive political climate will hinder passing any kind of legislation while making policy prediction difficult. Even President-elect Trump’s fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has said infrastructure is not a top priority.

    It is possible a middle ground will be reached and an infrastructure bill (albeit on a smaller scale) considered in the first months of the year. Whether we actually see a record-setting $1 trillion infrastructure bill or a more modest plan, the goal of Voices for Public Transit is to ensure improving and expanding public transportation remains of utmost importance among all the priorities vying for funding.

    Public Transportation Supports Key Trump Priorities

    We think it safe to assume that President-elect Trump, as a New Yorker, knows firsthand how public transportation encourages economic development in local communities. It enables people to reach jobs, access services and participate in local commerce. Public transportation also supports real estate development and vibrant communities — points that should resonate with the new president.

    The benefits of public transportation are not limited to large cities. Investment in public transportation can stimulate job creation and investment in exurban and suburban communities, as well as provide residents of rural communities access to a wider array of jobs and educational opportunities — all of which represent key portions of Trump’s initiative to put Americans back to work. Voices for Public Transit will take steps to ensure Washington maintains its commitment to public transportation and understands the great extent to which our country would benefit.

    Let’s Welcome Congress to Washington

    In January, members of the 115th United States Congress will begin their work. The House and Senate mostly will be made up of returning officials, but there will be many new faces as well.

    As our first action next year, Voices for Public Transit will be welcoming all members of Congress—new and returning — to Washington. We’ll be communicating with public officials to highlight our advocacy movement and underscore the importance of public transportation to the future of our nation. Voices for Public Transit members should be ready to act to let Washington know not only that we support public transit but why public transit is such an important resource for our nation’s future.

    Please be on the lookout early next year for the launch of our “Welcome to Washington” initiative. If you’re not already on our email list, please sign up now — and encourage your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and others to join our effort.

  • VPT Votes 2016: Time to Vote for Public Transit!

    According to a recent editorial in the New York Times, 2016 “could be record year for transportation ballot proposals, because local politicians and voters have realized that Congress is not coming to rescue America’s aging bridges, roads and transit systems.”

    Many of the transportation measures on ballots today will either strengthen or hinder local public transit for years — even decades.

    We urge you to support measures in your area that will provide critical funding for public transportation initiatives. We’ve highlighted some key examples of transportation ballot measures facing voters across the country:

    But, of course, the most important ballot measure is always the one on YOUR local ballot. And today is the day you can make the most difference for public transit in YOUR area.

    Tips for Voting

    Voting is a pretty straightforward process, but here are some tips to make your trip to the polls as smooth as possible.

    • Complete Your Research Before Heading to the Polls — Take some time to read about issues and candidates online so you know how you’ll be casting your vote before you head to the polls.
    • Find Your Polling Place and Hours — You can find out where to vote by visiting the website of your state or local election office. Some resources for finding polling locations include and Get to the Polls. You can also just search on Google: “Where do I vote?”
    • Plan Your Travel — Find the best route to your polling place, and consider riding public transit if it’s available.
    • Leave Time for Lines — Many polling places are anticipating long lines this year. Allow plenty of time to travel and wait.
    • Bring Your Photo ID (not required in all states) — If you have a photo ID (e.g., a driver’s license), bring it to the polls. Some states require photo ID, while some request it even though it isn’t required.

    Let others know on social media that you’ve voted and urge them to vote as well. You can encourage your online networks to support public transit at the polls by sharing a Voices for Public Transit election graphic from our VPT Votes 2016 Election Toolkit.

    Please return to the Voices for Public Transit blog soon to read our round-up of election results. Our fingers are crossed for public transit.

  • Supoort Public Transportation with Election Toolkit Flyer

    Americans across the country are already voting — by absentee and mail-in ballots. But there’s still time to encourage your friends, family, co-workers, and others to support public transportation when they vote.

    Voices for Public Transit’s Election Toolkit includes a window sign and social media graphics to help show your support for public transportation.

    The toolkit also includes a “Vote for Public Transit” flyer that highlights some great facts and messages that make the case for public transportation, including:

    • Everyone benefits from public transportation — even people who don’t ride.
    • Public transportation is a far safer way to commute than traveling by private car.
    • Public transit reduces pollution and eases traffic congestion.

    Share Online and Offline

    Our “Vote for Public Transit” flyer can be easily downloaded and emailed to others. You can also share it on social media. But we especially encourage you to print copies of the flyer and hand out as many as possible. Here are some ideas:

    • Place copies on the tables or counter of your workplace’s kitchen, break room, or cafeteria.
    • Leave a small stack in a public area of your apartment building; e.g., on a foyer table.
    • Pin a copy on a library or church basement bulletin board.
    • Hand out copies to your neighbors or leave them at their doors — just remember not to place them in a mailbox.

    Do you have ideas for sharing our flyer? Let us know by tweeting @APTA_Transit or posting on the Public Transportation Facebook page.

    And remember to vote yourself! We look forward to reporting back how public transportation fares in this year’s election. Fingers crossed.

  • A Sign of the Times: Raising Awareness of Public Transit before Election Day

    Most campaign signs are for candidates. You can stand out in your neighborhood — or at work — by posting an election window sign on an issue that impacts all of us: public transportation.

    Download and Print the Voices for Public Transit Window Sign

    Your sign will raise awareness about local public transportation measures and remind voters to look down their ballots and vote to support public transit. In addition, your sign will help connect voters with Voices for Public Transit!

    Window Signs Aren’t Just for Windows Anymore

    We recognize that not everyone has a good, visible window for a hanging a campaign sign. Or maybe hanging signs is against your building’s rules. Here are some other ideas for using the window sign:

    • Post a window sign on your cubicle or office door.
    • Make a yard sign using the window sign, a piece of cardboard, and a wire hanger — just make sure you only display your sign on your property.
    • Distribute window signs to local businesses for their windows.
    • Hand out signs for your friends and family use to build awareness in their communities.

    Not a window sign person? No worries. Voices for Public Transit’s Election Toolkit 2016 also includes a flyer that you can share with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others, as well as social media shareable graphics that you can post on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

    Please use one or all of these materials to encourage others to support public transportation when they vote on November 8.

  • Support Public Transit This Election on Social Media

    The election is just around the corner — and every vote for public transportation counts. Local measures are often passed — or defeated — by a slim margin, so if your ballot has a regional transportation measure, be sure to vote on it.

    To help you show your support for public transportation — and raise awareness among voters in your community and online networks—Voices for Public Transit has created an Election Toolkit 2016. As a reminder, the toolkit includes:

    • A window sign to display your support for public transportation
    • A flyer that helps you educate other voters about public transit
    • Social media shareable graphics to spread the word on social media

    We want to especially highlight the importance of making use of the Toolkit’s social media graphics. With more people spending time online and on their mobile devices, social media is one of the best ways to spread our message encouraging voters to support public transit at the polls. There are two easy steps you can take:

    • Change Your Profile Picture — Download and change your profile picture to our special “I’m Voting for Public Transportation!” graphic to highlight your support among your online circles. Every time you post or tweet, your profile picture will show your support for public transportation.
    • Share a Graphic — Social media posts earn more attention when they include an image. We’ve created two images to share with your online networks. It’s a good idea to add your own message in the post, too.

    Given the continuous coverage of the presidential race, it’s easy to forget that millions of Americans will be voting on local issues as well. By sharing Voices for Public Transit’s election graphics, you’ll remind your online networks that we have a chance to guide the future of transportation at the ballot box by voting for public transportation on November 8.

  • Advocate spotlight

    Kenny U.

    Hello. My name is Kenny Uong, and I am a sixteen-year-old boy from Glendale, California, located just northwest of Los Angeles.

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