Congressional leaders want investments to prioritize climate, safety, and access to jobs.
As a major transportation bill winds its way through Congress, a group of House Democrats have formed a new caucus focused on improving the country’s transportation equity, access, and sustainability.
Announced today by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who represents much of Boston, Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, from the Chicago metropolitan area, and Rep. Mark Takano of Southern California, the Future of Transportation Caucus will organize briefings and other conversations exploring how proposed federal transportation funding will impact emissions, safety, and accessibility for marginalized groups.
“For too long, conversations about transportation and infrastructure have focused too much on funding and not enough on policy,” Rep. García said in a statement. “We have decades-old policies that inadequately address climate change and the shifting realities of Americans’ commute to and from home, work, and school. Our current systems leave out communities of color, contribute to congestion and disrepair, and fail to respond to disruptive technologies and the climate crisis.”
Rep. Pressley, who famously filmed a campaign video on a Boston bus, spent part of the year touring the country with the Sunrise Movement to drum up support for the Green New Deal. “With our current transportation infrastructure entrenched as one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, it is critical that we support multimodal transportation options like cycling, rapid-speed transit, and walking,” she said today.
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