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Transit is Essential Town Hall on March 2

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:

Robert Schultz, III, J.D.
Campaign Organizer
Office: 312-216-0471
Mobile: 312-391-2449
robert@activetrans.org
 

Transit is Essential Town Hall: Invest in Transit for Clean Air, Racial Equity, and a Strong Economy

 

WHAT: A panel of elected officials, transit union leaders, community leaders, and youth will hear testimony from individuals and community groups about the need for federal, state, and local support for a robust transportation system. Northeast Illinois residents deserve a transit system that invests in workers and gets people to destinations they need to go, whether that’s job opportunities, healthcare, school, or shopping. The Transit is Essential Town Hall is a city-wide event.

 

WHO:

Panelists (confirmed):
Danita Allen, District Director, office of 1st District Congressman Jonathan Jackson
Kam Buckner, Illinois State Representative, 26th District
Eric Chen, high school student transportation leader, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
Nina Idemudia, CEO, Center for Neighborhood Technology (MC for the event)
Robert Peters, Illinois State Senator, 13th District
Andrea Reed, CEO, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce

Invited
Leadership of ATU241, CTA bus operators and ATU308, CTA rail operators
Select members of Chicago City Council, and members of the General Assembly

 

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2976 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

WHY: Public transportation in Northeastern Illinois is inadequate in meeting the needs of city and suburban residents due to long-term disinvestments. Public transportation is essential to alleviate road congestion and provide connections to the 60 percent of jobs that cannot be done remotely. Public transportation is a financial asset for the region, returning more than $3 to the economy for every capital and operating dollar invested. Illinois needs $1.5 billion annually to create the transit system people want.

 

Register now.

 

Sponsoring organizations (list in formation): Active Transportation Alliance, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Access Living, Equiticity, Elvejo, Transportation Equity Network