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Action Alert: Tell Governor Dayton Transportation Funding Matters to You!

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Tell Governor Dayton Transportation Funding Matters to You!

You can take action on this alert by reading the information below and following the directions at the bottom.

Issue

More Transit Now

Background

The 2013 Legislative Session is just around the corner! Governor Dayton is setting his priorities for the next biennium right now. He needs to hear from you that it's time to build a 21st century transit system to get people to jobs and school and make sure our region can compete in the world economy. Transit projects create jobs, provide better access to jobs, and make our region a more affordable place to live and work.

Problem:

The Twin Cities transit system is one of the most efficient in the nation, and ridership is growing. However, most Twin Cities residents still lack reasonable access to transit --projected demographic changes promise to intensify future demand. Our current situation is bleak:

-We have no money to expand the bus system.

-We must fight every year to maintain the bus service we have--in the metro and in Greater Minnesota.

-There is uncertainty about Southwest LRT and no money for addition light rail lines.

-And, there is no money for safe connections by walking or bicycling.

The Governor's Transportation Finance Advisory Committee has recommended that he find an additional $200 million to fund the transit system--this is a good start but it does not deliver what Minnesotans need.

Why we still have work to do:

In order to make the transit system more equitable the region instead needs an additional $300 million in funding to build the system out in 15 years instead of 30. The additional $300 million of funding will ensure that bus service grows alongside rail and rapid bus projects. It will also ensure that Minnesotans are able to safely get around by bike path or American Disability Act compliant sidewalks. If we don't make sure the first and last mile work for everyone, we are leaving some of Minnesota's most vulnerable populations--kids, seniors, students, and everyone trying to get to work affordably--out in the cold.

Action Needed:

We need you to tell Governor Dayton and state legislators to support an increase of $300 million in funding to build our transit system in 15 years, not 30!

Tell governor Dayton that:

-Transit projects create jobs, provide better access to jobs across the region, and make our region more competitive.

-We deserve safer and healthier communities. We want options for transit, bicycling, and walking that make us healthier and pollute less.

-We must grow bus service alongside rail and rapid bus projects.

-We must ensure that Minnesotan's are able to safely get to their bus stop by bike path or ADA compliant sidewalks.

Transportation is the second largest household expense--and takes a larger share in low income families. The Governor, House and Senate leaders need to address this. They need to work together in the next year to identify more consistent funding sources for transit, in the metro and statewide

Please take action today by editing sending the message below!

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Minnesotans Need More Transit Now!


Dear Governor,

As you consider your budget and tax reform priorities for the next biennium I ask that you make transit more accessible for Minnesotans. A nationally competitive regional transit system is essential to the future economic success of our state. Transit projects create jobs, provide better access to jobs, and make our region a more affordable place to live and work.

[Two to three sentences on why you ride transit, bicycle or walk.]

The time is now for this investment! We need an additional $300 million in funding per year to build the regional transit system out in 15 years instead of 30. An additional $300 million of funding also will ensure that bus service grows alongside rail and rapid bus projects--and that people can safely get to their bus stops by bike route or ADA-compliant sidewalks.

Without safer connections to transit we are leaving some of Minnesota's most vulnerable populations-- kids, seniors, students, and everyone trying to get to work affordably-- out in the cold.


Thank you,

Your name and address here


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