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Without Transit funding, everyone feels the impact

Virginia Transportation Conference

June 9, 2009


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.


  • 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


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


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


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



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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