For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jennifer Harmening Thiede
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Transportation Conference Committee to Face Outcry Over Legislation to Slash Metro Transit Funding
April 20 Public Hearing at State Capitol
Twin Cities, Minnesota (April 19, 2017) – When the Minnesota Legislature’s Transportation Finance Conference Committee convenes on April 20, Twin Cities transit riders, supporters, and operators will be on hand to strongly oppose proposed legislation that would slash Metro Transit funding. Testifiers will highlight how this proposal would negatively impact their lives and the lives of other residents and workers in the metro region. Testifiers will urge the Minnesota Legislature to increase funding for Metro Transit bus, rail, and Metro Mobility, along with funding for transportation options statewide.
WHAT: Transit Riders & Supporters to Testify Against HF861 Omnibus Transportation Finance Bill
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol, Room 120, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul
WHO: Transit riders and supporters impacted by Metro Transit cuts in proposed legislation; Jessica Treat, Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips and Chair of Transportation Forward
WHY: The Minnesota Legislature has proposed deep cuts to Metro Transit funding. That will lead to significant fare increases and a 40% cut in bus and light rail service. Metro Mobility will suffer as well. Cuts and fare increases will make it harder for people who use transit to get to work and school. Riders in our community will pay more for less frequent service, shorter hours, fewer routes.
“These drastic cuts would have a devastating impact on the elderly, low-income workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, and all who are dependent upon transit to get around. This is not what Minnesota needs. We need better bus, rail, bicycling, and walking options that contribute to a vibrant, equitable metro region. We need transportation options that work for everyone, in all parts of the state,” said Jessica Treat, Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips, and Chair of Transportation Forward.
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.