|A family on an eastbound MARTA rapid rail train in Atlanta. MARTA has experienced drastic cuts in service over the last 3 years.
Eastbound Originally uploaded by robholland
Even when gas prices spike or demand for public transportation is through the roof, transit agencies in medium-sized and large metro areas aren’t allowed to use any of the federal dollars they receive to keep buses and trains running.
That needs to change, and the Senate committee that makes those rules is writing their portion of the Senate’s transportation bill right now. Send a message to your Senator on the Banking Committee and tell them to support flexibility for transit operations in their draft bill.
Public transportation is a driving force in our economy, and we need it now to help the economy rebound.