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ACTION ALERT! Tell Congress to strengthen funding for biking, walking and transit
Congress is in the final stages of negotiating a new transportation bill, and we need your help!
Contact your members of Congress today—take action here!
Congress has spent more than two years trying to agree on transportation policy and is approaching a critical decision point for the next federal transportation bill.
The Senate recently broke through party politics to pass a two-year bill, MAP-21, with bipartisan support. However, the House leadership refused to consider this bill. Currently the House and Senate are trying to negotiate their differences.
Nationally, biking and walking account for 12 percent of all trips and 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, but only 1.6 percent of federal spending. Transit use is growing nationally and in Chicagoland—both CTA and Metra have seen significant increases in ridership.
Statewide and nationally, people are shifting their travel habits and driving less—and especially with volatile gas prices, more people want good transportation options than ever before. Biking, walking and transit create more jobs per public dollar spent, and these modes are healthier and more environmentally-friendly than driving a car.
Several Illinois members of Congress are playing a key role in negotiations. Now is the time to send them a clear message that biking, walking and transit need to be a priority!
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