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Stand Up 4 Transportation Day Is April 9
Plans for Stand Up for Transportation Day are going strong! More than 250 public transit systems, businesses and advocacy groups will conduct outreach efforts nationwide on April 9 as part of APTA's Stand Up for Transportation (SU4T) initiative.
This national day for local advocacy, which is APTA Chair Phillip Washington's signature initiative, will underscore the importance of investment in our nation's infrastructure and the critical need for a long-term surface transportation authorization bill.
Participants are planning a variety of activities, including hosting members of Congress and other elected officials at media events or tours at their facilities, wrapping buses with the SU4T logo, organizing parades and rallies, conducting town hall discussions and holding petition signings. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and some mayors in other states have issued official proclamations noting the importance of federal investment in infrastructure.
In some areas, public transportation systems are partnering with several agencies to hold mega events that will result in regional outreach to a number of neighboring communities.
Also on April, 9, APTA will promote the day to national media and will continue its strong online grassroots mobilization to help amplify the message. In addition, APTA will release the results of a new analysis and web-based tool that shows how the lack of federal funding impacts the nation.
APTA selected the April 9 date to attract the attention of members of Congress (who will be on spring recess in their home districts) and to highlight the urgent need for federal funding as MAP-21 expires May 31. The timing also helps ensure that events would have the greatest potential to resonate with the public and the news media at the traditional start of the construction season.
There is still time to participate if you have not already signed on! Visit the APTA website for a list of activity ideas and a toolkit you can customize to reflect your organization.