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Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

Rally shined a spotlight on support for transit

Last week’s Don’t X Out Public Transportation rally was a huge success! Thank you to all those who participated.

The event, held in Chicago at Union Station, was coordinated nationwide with rallies in California, New York, Massachusetts and many others.

Transit advocacy groups such as Transportation for America, Active Transportation Alliance and local labor unions representing transit workers gathered together to remind transit riders and our elected officials that funding for transit is important and should not be cut.

The event was covered in the Chicago Tribune by John Hilkevitch and at Grid Chicago by John Greenfield.

Here's a quote from Ron Burke, executive director of Active Trans, who offered a few remarks at the event:

“The main issue is transit is already inadequately funded and for Congress to consider cutting funding is disturbing. Why is it transit seems to merit relatively little attention from our elected officials? I think it’s because transit riders are not well organized and we’re not viewed as a constituency by lawmakers. We’re trying to change that.”
 

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