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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Support the Safe Routes to School Reauthorization Bill

On May 21, 2009, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Burr (R-NC) , Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined together to introduce the Safe Routes to School Program Reauthorization Act (S. 1156). This is an exciting and important step forward as these five diverse Senators have agreed to champion the federal Safe Routes to School program. To get more Senators to step up as leaders on Safe Routes to School, we need your help. Your Senators need to hear from you about the importance of growing and strengthening the Safe Routes to School program in the next transportation bill.

Please take just a few minutes to contact Senators Durbin and Burris to ask them to show their support for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program by co-sponsoring the legislation. Senator Durbin can be reached at (202) 224-2152 (or www.durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm) and Senator Burris can be reached at (202) 224-2854 (or www.burris.senate.gov/contact.cfm).

Background on the Legislation
S. 1156 would expand funding for SRTS to $600 million per year, include high schools, simplify regulatory compliance to improve project delivery, and strengthen research and evaluation. All of these changes will make SRTS grants more widely available, and help more schools and communities across the country make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school and get into healthier, greener habits.

For more details on the legislation, including a summary of the bill's provisions, a list of supporting organizations, and the text of the legislation, please visit http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/national.