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10 Ways to Say Thanks to Congress

APTA-sponsored Voices for Public Transit (VPT), a national grassroots group of public transportation advocates, has published a list of ways to say thank you to Congress for passing the FAST Act, the first long-term transportation bill in a decade.

“This critical legislation will enable investment in roads, bridges, rail, and—yes—public transportation,” VPT’s blog stated. “As part of our celebration, we want to send a collective ‘thank you’ to Congress. They got the job done!” Here are the top 10 reasons, in no particular order:

Five Years!: The FAST Act provides five fully funded years of investment in America’s transportation infrastructure.

18 Percent Increase: The FAST Act increases the nation’s investment in public transportation by 18 percent.

No More Short-Term Bills: Inconsistent, short-term funding—36 bills over six years—set back American public transportation. Now we’re moving in the right direction.

Bipartisan Cooperation: There’s a lot of division in Congress, but legislators set aside differences to reach consensus on long-term transportation funding.

Keep on Congress’ Radar: We need effective implementation and oversight of our national investment in public transportation, so Congress still has a role to play.

Encourage Members to Champion Public Transit: Support for public transportation needs to be sustained and expanded.

Strengthen Ties to Washington: Your thanks will help you build and strengthen your relationship with your elected officials and their staff.

Demonstrate Long-Term Support: Show Congress and their staff that you’re a dedicated public transit advocate who will remain active and engaged in discussions about the future of American transportation.

Increase Clout: Congressional offices take special notice when constituents offer their thanks. Elected officials and staff are more likely to listen closely to your views in the future.

It’s the Right Thing: Members of Congress heard us and responded. Let’s give them the thanks they deserve. Reason enough? We hope you’ll take a few minutes to email your member of Congress your thanks.

VPT is organized through APTA’s website specifically devoted to serving as a resource for riders, advocates and other stakeholders who support a strong public transportation network in their communities and nationwide.

To learn more and to ­encourage your riders to join VPT (now at 200,000 advocates), click here.
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