These past two weeks have been exciting and rewarding for our campaign. With the release of our Blueprint, and a great state leads partners meeting, our growth as a coalition is noteworthy--congratulations and thank you for your hard work. We are all working together toward the same goal of reform, even while our local, regional and state battles ensue.
The reality, though, is that Congress will move on transportation legislation with or without us. We have a short window of opportunity to show House leadership that the transportation bill must include national objectives to reduce our dependence on oil and curb our greenhouse gas emissions. Please ask your member of congress THIS WEEK to sign a Dear Colleague letter in support of including these goals in the upcoming transportation bill (learn more).
Please note there will be no regional calls this week. We are transitioning to statewide calls instead and will let you the new schedule soon.
Report from Washington
- The American Clean Energy and Security Act was finally introduced and moved into Energy and Commerce committee mark up this week. Learn more about the bill (specifically the transportation planning section, 222) and mark up process here.
- To strengthen the connection between climate, energy security, and transportation, a Dear Colleague letter is circulating in the House of Representatives asking for climate and energy to be included in the upcoming transportation bill. Be sure to call your representatives in DC and have them sign on in support.
- On the Senate side, The Federal Surface Transportation Policy and Planning Act of 2009 was introduced by Senators Lautenberg and Rockefeller. Take a look at the bill and national transportation objectives they recommend.
Bad Commute? Let it all out at our new site mycommutesucks.org.
Tools to check out:
Town Hall Website: Check out our toolkit and the local visions from the completed town halls.
Webinar Schedule: Register for the Transportation and Economic webinar, May 29 at 1 p.m. EST
Mayor Sign On: Encourage elected officials in your region to join T4America.
Welcome our New Partners!
Mayor Sam Adams, City of Portland, OR
Mayor John DeStefano, City of New Haven, CT
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
TND Planning Group
Cumberland Region Tomorrow
Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs)
Alliance for Metro Stability
National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials
Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Center for Rural Strategies
Partners in the News
Amidst a flurry of activity surrounding Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists released its Bike Friendly Business rankings, which scores companies on a variety of factors to judge which ones are doing the most to assist commuters on two wheels. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's website featured a short film on sprawl, which was produced for the Congress for the New Urbanism's 2009 video contest. Finally, the Center for Neighborhood Technology created a new online tool that Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority is using to help people think about the fast, most environmentally friendly, and most affordable ways to get around the region.