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Without Transit funding, everyone feels the impact

Virginia Transportation Conference

June 9, 2009

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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes — including public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions — that directly affect people’s current lives.

Cohen, D., R. de la Vega, G. Watson. 2001. Advocacy for social justice. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press Inc.

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Background:

  • Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2009
  • Transportation team focus on improving mass transit in the Richmond region
  • Project evolved into action plan to increase awareness and support of transit
  • Result: develop viral video and website to sustain project beyond LMR
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Goal:

Make the Richmond Region aware of the contribution that expanded public transit can make in solving many of the problems facing the region in the immediate, near, and distant future.

  • Objectives:
  • Create a network of transit advocates in the Richmond Region
  • Raise awareness by educating our community to the value of public transit to every person in the region
  • Influence the decision makers in the Richmond Region to make responsible decisions to expand public transit
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Advocacy Issues:

  • Transit Funding
  • Current funding for transit in the Richmond region is not sustainable
  • Regional Transportation
  • GRTC is not a regional transit authority
  • The provision of transit is more a function of affordability to
    • local jurisdictions rather than public demand for that service.
  • Environment
  • The Richmond Region is NOT meeting federal air quality standards
  • Using public transit and other alternatives to the SOV are known to improve air quality
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Get Involved:

  • Your help is needed!
  • Work to enhance the awareness
  • of public transit’s importance
  • Our challenges: affordable transportation, workforce access, traffic congestion, and environmental pollution,
  • to name just a few.
  • These issues and challenges affect us
    • all- whether you use the bus, or not
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You can make a difference!

Help improve public transit in the Richmond region

Join our cause by registering at:

www.TransitTalk.com

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