Quotes from the Caucus

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  • Affordable, accessible, efficient and safe public transit can be the great connector between low-wage women and women of color with the education, employment, housing, child care, medical care, and services that will improve their quality of life. 9to5 advocates for transit systems built for those who need them the most.” -- 9to5  

 

  • "Public transportation is an essential public service, and millions of Americans rely on transit each day to commute to work, get to school, go to the doctor, attend religious services, and visit friends and family." -- Amalgamated Transit Union

 

  • "Where we live, work, and play impacts our health, and how we move within and between our communities is critical to improving quality of life and access to opportunity." -- American Public Health Association

 

  • "Transportation investments - particularly those in mass transit - increase transportation options and support thousands of manufacturing jobs, which can serve as a gateway to the middle class for the 66% of Americans without a college degree" -- Apollo Alliance
     
  • "It's time for all Americans to have access to equitable transportation options, particularly low-income communities who suffer most from our crumbling transportation infrastructure." -- Asian Pacific American Legal Center

 

  • "Equal access to public transportation is as important to the U.S. economy as equal access to public education." -- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

 

  • "Mass transit is the key to access: granting access to opportunity across economic and racial divides." -- Los Angeles Bus Riders Union

 

  • "Good transportation systems connect people to the jobs, education, and community supports that enable them to prosper and advance economically." -- CLASP
     
  • "We can re-think transportation as a way to improve rural life with trails, broadband, and transit that works, or we can just build more superhighways and wave goodbye to jobs and our kids as they whiz by." -- Center for Rural Strategies
     
  • "Getting to jobs, getting to school, getting to the doctor, cleaning the air, and connecting us to one another - we can't do any of it without good, affordable, safe transportation options." -- Center for Social Inclusion
     
  • “To build communities that provide access to opportunity for all people, there must be quality transit options that connect people to jobs and resources. Great neighborhoods require great public transportation.” -- Citizens Planning and Housing Association 

 

  • "Poor people can't work if they can't get there. Public transit that operates during off-hours and invests in low-income communities is essential for effective and inclusive economic development." -- Coalition on Human Needs

 

  • "COMTO is pleased to endorse this innovative and timely statement of principles. It embodies the very essence of transportation equity and provides the vehicle for access to jobs, health care, and education - all germane to the future of our nation's economic sustainability." -- Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

 

  • "Communities with a range of transportation options proximate to a mix of affordable and market-rate housing options provide low-income households with the access to jobs and social supports they need to move out of poverty." -- Enterprise Community Partners
     
  • "Better transportation choices mean more economic opportunity and less concentrated poverty." -- Good Jobs First
     
  • "Economic independence relies on one's ability to get to work." -- Good News Mountaineering Garage
     
  • "Transportation determines how we get to the places where we live, work and play. It is imperative we advance an equity agenda that is people-centered, protects our health, encourages sustainable communities and gives everyone a voice in stimulating a vibrant economy." -- Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
     
  • "Whether the context is blood flow within our bodies or access to resources and fellowship within our communities, without stronger transport systems we wither and fail." -- Kirwan Institue for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • “Mile High Connects is working with and advocating for low-income communities and communities of color in the Metro Denver region to ensure access to affordable housing, good paying jobs, quality education, and healthy places." -- Mile High Connects 

 

  • "As the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Freedom Rides illustrate, securing equal access to quality transportation has always been a core goal of the Civil Rights Movement - it remains so today." -- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
     
  • "For millions of people of color, public transportation provides a critical link to good jobs, good schools and a brighter future." -- NAACP
     
  • "Imagine being an 80 year-old dialysis patient waiting for the bus for three hours - this happens in today's America, and it hurts people." -- National Association of County and City Health Officials
     
  • "Providing roadways that safely serve people of all ages, incomes, and abilities is essential to opening up the American dream to thousands of people now left on the sidelines." -- National Complete Streets Coalition
     
  • "Transportation infrastructure is vital to the Indian country. Connecting people within tribal communities and connecting tribal communities to their surrounding areas means greater economic development and improvement to the delivery of tribal government services." -- National Congress of American Indians
     
  • "Ensuring that low- and moderate-income families can afford to live near public transit stops and other location-efficient areas is one of the signature equity issues of our day. By restructuring the procedures for allocating federal transportation funding, we can create strong incentives for achieving this goal." -- National Housing Conference
     
  • "Transportation is the largest expense many low-income families face after housing and truly affordable homes have affordable transportation. An equitable transportation bill will increase affordable housing choices for the lowest-income households." -- National Low Income Housing Coalition
     
  • "In some urban communities, a child's world can be as small as the city block where he or she lives. Access to transportation can make the difference between a life circumscribed by geography and a world of unlimited experiences. Transportation can help urban America bridge the gap to a broader range of possibilities." -- National Urban League
     
  • "By helping all of us participate equally in society through safe, affordable travel, transportation can be an engine of mobility - a key component of opportuntiy in America." -- Opportunity Agenda
     
  • "Investments in our nation's transportation infrastructure can create high quality construction jobs and access to real middle-class careers for residents of poor urban neighborhoods. Our transportation plan should leverage real benefits for all communities." -- Partnership for Working Families
     
  • "Affordable, accessible transportation is the key to opportunity. It gets us to work, to school, and back home. Without it, we're stuck." -- PolicyLink
     
  • "Transportation has been used historically in the U.S. as a tool of segregation and exclusion. Perhaps today we can harness equitable transportation policies to bring people and communities back together, across racial and class lines." -- Poverty & Race Research Action Council
     
  • "Lack of transportation choices is a barrier for the millions of Americans who don't drive. Prioritizing bicycling and walking facilities is an affordable, powerful solution that promotes universal access to jobs, schools, goods, and services." -- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
     
  • “Public transportation infrastructure and service is key to New Orleans' long-term post-Katrina recovery. As residents return and newcomers make their way to the city, the opportunity exists to not just rebuild the transit system we once had, but to expand our vision to think regionally and create new opportunities for all New Orleanians to access opportunities safely, conveniently and affordably." -- Ride New Orleans 

 

  • "Children in low-income communities are more likely to walk to school and often face greater safety challenges on the trip to school. Transportation funds are critical in these communities to provide safe and low-cost alternatives to driving." -- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
     
  • "Transportation connects people with jobs, and it's one of the best ways to bring economic development into a community. It's a crucial, but often overlooked, piece of the equality puzzle." -- Smart Growth America
     
  • "Providing affordable and accessible transportation to every community, including low-income families and communities of color, expands access to quality education, good jobs, and decent housing, which are essential elements of the American Dream." -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
     
  • "Current transportation policy has become the bludgeon by which the poor and minorities have been barred from access to good paying jobs, healthcare, and other opportunities that contribute to a thriving economy and exercise of civil rights." -- Transportation Equity Network
     
  • "Transportation is a justice issue. We must ensure our transportation system meets the needs of all our people to get to work, fulfill family responsibilities, participate in civic life, and enjoy a social life." -- United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
     
  •  “The lack of transportation locks low income families into a life of poverty with little to no options for escape. Too many low income households face this problem daily across the U.S. Until we find a multipronged affordable, family friendly, effective transportation solution these families will continue to face a life of financial struggles.” -- Vehicles for Change 

 

  • "Across the generations, women have a huge stake in the transportation policy, as a source of good-paying careers as well as services that allow them to continue living in their own homes." -- Wider Opportunities for Women

 

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