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Work for Transportation for America

9 Apr 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments |

There are several new open positions at Transportation for America that we wanted to bring to your attention. Feel free to pass them along to any qualified candidates you may know. You can always find any current open positions on our jobs page at http://t4america.org/jobs

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Congress takes a step towards “completing America’s streets”

Complete streets are safe and accessible for everyone that needs to use them — cars, transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians, young, old, disabled, and everyone else. Over the last two days, Complete Streets bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate. Tell Congress to support these bills.

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A day of air travel over North America, and what it means for rail

From Wired Magazine via Aaron of Streetsblog comes this amazing map and video that shows a day of air travel over North America. Using data from the Federal Aviation Administration and a service called FlightView that tracks airline travel each day, Artist Aaron Koblin created this Google map that shows 24 hours of airline travel on August 12, 2008. What does this have to do with rail travel?

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Meridian, Mississippi Mayor urges a renewed effort to continue “uniting” the United States of America

Mayor John Robert Smith of Meridian, Mississippi helped Transportation For America officially launch our full platform last week. Mayor Smith provided a stirring keynote address, evoking Eisenhower’s vision of a connected America, while urging us to build the second half of our national system.

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Transportation For America officially launches campaign platform

26 Feb 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments | , ,

Today in Washington, D.C., Transportation for America held an event on Capitol Hill to formally announce our new coalition of more than 225 organizations and 17,000 individual members and to release the platform drafted with input from dozens of practitioners and stakeholders.

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Attend our platform launch this Thursday at the U.S. Capitol

23 Feb 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments |

We will be releasing our full campaign platform for the upcoming transportation bill this Thursday on Capitol Hill, with some very special guests in attendance. If you are in the DC area, or can get here by Thursday, please join us for what should be an entertaining, informative discussion on the future of transportation in America.

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President Obama: “I would like to see some long-term reforms in how transportation dollars flow…”

President Obama gave an interview to five columnists aboard Air Force One last week, talking at length about infrastructure, transportation, and the need to make serious reforms in transportation spending — hinting at how proper investments in transportation can help boost the economy while making the downpayment on a 21st Century transportation system we’re all hoping for.

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Transportation Secretary LaHood on Obama’s recovery package

17 Feb 2009 | Posted by | 0 Comments | , , ,

U.S. DOT Secretary Ray Lahood released his statement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and he’s saying many of the right things. Of course, the true test will come when the states start deciding where to spend the flexible transportation dollars in the stimulus package. Will states choose to make a dent in the severely backlogged repair and maintenance needs before building new highways?

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Summary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

For those of you who don’t check the “Campaign News” tab at top on a regular basis or get the full RSS feed, we posted our full summary of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. If you are interested in the full, detailed, numerical breakdown of transportation spending in the stimulus package, read Transportation For America’s full summary of the provisions and funding requirements for transportation in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Though a Worthy Down Payment, Stimulus Raises Urgent Need for New Transportation Vision

Given the need for haste in crafting the bill, congressional and Administration negotiators were handcuffed by backward-looking, existing programs even as they tried to shape investments for a future of reduced oil dependency, greater opportunity for Americans to join the middle class and cleaner transportation choices. Despite some shortcomings resulting from current transportation law, Congress has adopted a bill that if properly enacted by state and local authorities, could be a down payment on a new direction for America’s infrastructure.

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