September 13, 2010
Classifieds in this issue include executive and managerial positions with transit agencies and vendors throughout North America!
Pounding the Pavement, While ‘Telling Our Story’
Thousands of people have already signed the National Public Transit Petition created by APTA, but we still need more.
APTA will present this petition to members of Congress Sept. 22 at a special event in Washington, DC. The purpose of this event—which will also launch a video wall showcasing testimonials from “real” people describing how they benefit from public transit—is to urge Congress to pass a surface transportation authorization bill as soon as possible.
To collect even more signers, APTA staff members took the petition out to a baseball game Sept. 7. Once there, they gathered signatures from fans heading for the Nationals-Mets game at Nationals Park—walking directly from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Navy Yard Station one block from the ballpark. As fans mingled before the game, buying snacks and waiting for friends, the staffers were able to “Tell Our Story” and obtain signatures. In addition to signing the petition, many people shared stories of why transit is important to them.
The Nationals game provided a good location for APTA staff to talk with a number of people who had just supported public transportation by riding Metro to the game. This petition-gathering outreach effort reinforced the benefits of public transportation and the need to continue supporting it by signing the petition online.