Thursday, April 9
Wood Street Station – Downtown
Liberty Ave at Wood St
BikePGH and other Pittsburgh area leaders will be joining with counterparts nationwide, April 9, 2015 at a 10am press conference and rally at the Wood Street Station to:
- Draw awareness to the looming federal transportation funding crisis, and
- Call on Congress to pass a comprehensive, sustainable transportation funding package that includes biking and walking.
Whether you ride the T, bus or bike, walk or drive, the expiration of the federal funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), has a direct impact on southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy and your quality of life. On May 31, 2015, the nation’s transportation funding mechanism – the Highway Trust Fund – will be unable to fund any additional projects.
We need a funded multi-modal transportation bill that includes biking and walking.
Transportation is the backbone of our local and national economy. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, Pittsburgh and communities across the country will face tremendous economic and employment uncertainty. A long-term transportation bill is needed to reinforce and expand transportation choices, and to continue to grow our economy – locally and nationally.
Thursday, April 9 is Stand up for Transportation Day!
We hope you’ll join us on Thursday with partnering local organizations Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group and Pittsburghers for Public Transit! Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) with support from partners from transportation, business, labor and community oriented interests, Stand Up for Transportation Day will unite the voices of 200+ participating organizations in over 140 communities nationwide to focus on the federal transportation funding crisis’s urgency and provide a local context.
The League of American Bicyclists currently has an action alert asking Senate to pass Senate Bill S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.
The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.