Transit is a vital economic lifeline for millions of Americans workers, students, persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Yet many agencies across the country are slashing services, eliminating routes, and raising fares, leaving many stranded and without access to employment, schools, health care and community services. This lack of mobility is one of the major economic, environmental and social justice issues today.

Americans for Transit mission is to build a national coalition of transit rider advocates across the United States. We aim to create a big-tent coalition of transit riders and supporters to address the pressing transit funding crisis in America. We are the only national organization solely focused on supporting and strengthening the work of local transit advocacy groups.

Across America we need more affordable public transportation; not less. Together, we can build a movement to implement change in our communities.

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    USDOT Secretary Foxx Sends 6-Year Transportation Bill to Congress

    USDOT Secretary Foxx unveils a long-term transportation bill that provides funding growth and certainty so that state and local governments can get back in the business of building things again. The GROW AMERICA Act is a six-year, $478 billion transportation reauthorization bill that would increase our investment in transportation by 45%. The details of this bill will:

    • Support millions of American jobs repairing and modernizing our roads, bridges, railways and transit systems.
    • Ensure American business can compete effectively in the global economy and grow.
    • Increase connections so that more Americans have access to jobs and education.
    • Benefit urban, suburban and rural communities alike.

    The Administration also released state-by-state fact sheets on how the Grow America Act will benefit local highway and transit systems. Click here for details.

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    The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation

    Over the years, the Heritage Foundation has tried, and consistently failed to offer their warped logic why we should all abandon transit and crawl back in our cars -- powered, not so coincidentally, by the very same oil industry that funds their "research". The Center for American Progress just released a point-by-point expose on their faulty logic and their extremist ideas for dismantling all support for public transportation. Read the entire summary here.

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    Massachusetts Governor Baker Plays Blame Game

    Is your transit system heading for an epic, MBTA-style collapse? Governor Charlie Baker seem to want it both ways, blaming the T's chief executive for poor system performance while slashing financial support. As bridges, subways and bus systems age and deteriorate, the public seems to struggle with the concept that there is no free lunch.

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    Indiana Transit Agencies, Advocates push for Funding

    A coalition of bus agencies and mass transit advocates in Indiana have called for passage of House Bill 1215, which would hike state support to mass transit agencies to $60 million per year from its current $42.5 million. Accessing Community Transportation in Northwest Indiana (ACT NOW) states the funding is needed locally as bus systems such as Gary Public Transportation Corp. and North Township Dial-A-Ride steadily increase ridership.

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    Detroit's Massive Transit Policy Failure - What Does it Mean?

    As the nation reacts to the story of a single man's 21-mile walk to work, advocates slam the city-suburban political divide that deliberately fosters that inane policy of separating workers from jobs. Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press writes in his widely cited column

    "If the opt-out's cultural noxiousness weren't enough, its practical failures should badly embarrass leaders in every corner of metro Detroit. A bus system that can't get people to where the jobs are is of no use to people who want to work."

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    Paying More Taxes for Transit can Save You Money

    The good folks in Minneapolis did an analysis on the costs vs. benefits of their proposal to pay for transit improvements with a regional sales tax increase. Paying taxes to fund transit is like paying for any other good or service – we should consider what we get for our investment. According to AAA, the average annual cost of owning a car in 2014 was $8876. Getting rid of a car can save people a lot of money. Congestion also costs each individual driver hundreds of dollars per year in fuel costs.

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