All across the state, opposition is lining up to H.R. 7, the House of Representatives’ disastrous transportation bill. Transportation For America coalition partners led the charge on a national call-in day to members of Congress, urging a NO vote when the measure comes to the House floor next week. But we’re not the only ones.
In San Diego, County Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts stood up for safer streets yesterday in the City Heights neighborhood. They called on House leaders to restore funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects – and looked to Senator Boxer to ensure that these funds are available to local communities. San Diego County needs $500 million over the next 40 years to achieve its goals for safe bicycle and pedestrian access.
In Sacramento, the editors of The Bee joined the call for House members to reject the bill in favor of a policy that doesn’t “throw transit under a bus”:
If they have their way, the nation’s transportation network will take a giant step backward to a “roads only” policy for dedicated funding. The full House votes next week on a multi-year transportation bill (House Resolution 7) – and Americans should urge their members of Congress to reject it. The United States needs a transportation system that gives people a variety of options – roads, rail, bus, bicycle paths and walkways. It needs to find ways to reduce emissions and traffic congestion.
Have elected leaders or the local paper in your community weighed in on H.R. 7? There’s no time to waste. Ask your City Council, Mayor, editorial board, or other stakeholders to speak out against the House transportation bill now. (And let us know what they say – by email or in the comments below!)