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Legislature’s Proposed Transit Funding Cuts Threaten Way of Life for People with Disabilities

Riders Call for Transit Funding at May 9 Press Conference


Twin Cities, Minnesota (May 8, 2017) – The Minnesota Legislature continues its push for deep cuts to Metro Transit bus and light rail funding. Though a Transportation Finance Conference Committee recently scaled back the most extreme cuts, their latest proposal has not assuaged concerns among Minnesotans who rely on Metro Transit and Metro Mobility to get around. The new proposal still would curtail future transit expansion and result in a 10 percent cut in current bus service, with some metro-area routes reduced and others eliminated.

On May 9, Minnesotans with disabilities will share their stories about the benefits of the Metro Transit system, and the hardships that could result from reduced transit service.
WHAT: Press conference to denounce proposed Metro Transit cuts and highlight impact on Minnesotans with disabilities

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Leif Erickson Park, just south of the METRO Green Line Capitol/Rice Street Station, near 100 University Ave W, Saint Paul

WHO: Speakers include transit rider Joel Fox, Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities; transit rider Tom Untiedt, Valley of Peace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley; transit rider Rick Cardenas; transit rider Patty Thorsen; leaders from Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips and Transportation Forward

VISUALS: the event location has a clear view of the MN Capitol building as well as the potential for B-roll with both light rail and the #3, 62, 67, 262 buses running on Rice Street.
About Transportation Forward

Transportation Forward is a statewide campaign building and mobilizing broad support for new investments in transportation to improve mobility, economic health, and quality of life in communities across Minnesota. Led by Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips, Transportation Forward represents a coalition of over 50 partner organizations and thousands of supporters calling on the legislature to increase funding for all modes—bus, rail, bicycling, walking, roads, and bridges. For more information, visit www.transportationforwardmn.org.
About Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips

The newly merged organization of Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips is the largest transportation advocacy nonprofit in the state. Based in Saint Paul, we are working to ensure every Minnesotan has access to transportation options that are safe, affordable, sustainable, and healthy. Learn more at www.tlcminnesota.org and www.smart-trips.org.