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An Engine of Opportunity: A User’s Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act

Posted by Content Coordinator on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


“The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides nearly $50 billion to build and repair our nation’s roads, bridges, railways, and ports. With deadlines to spend the money fast approaching, state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are currently making important decisions about which projects will kick start our economy and increase the country’s economic competitiveness. As billions of taxpayers’ dollars are invested, we must all ask: Who benefits? Who decides?

Transportation policy, planning, and investments have traditionally put lower-income people and communities of color in the slow lane, leaving economically-distressed neighborhoods with few avenues to prosperity. Despite the short timeframe in which recovery dollars must be invested, those committed to expanding equity, health, and opportunity for our nation’s vulnerable communities have an important opening to ensure that recovery dollars begin to chart a new course—one that rebuilds our economy so that all can participate and prosper. We must work collaboratively and creatively to ensure that the Recovery Act will build momentum and set a precedent for the upcoming Congressional reauthorization of the transportation spending bill…”

An Engine of Opportunity: A User’s Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act

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“PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.® PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels.”

About Transportation Equity Network
“The Transportation Equity Network is a national grassroots organization that fights for transportation equity. We organize to transform federal transportation and mass transit policy and funding to address the needs of the poor, the working class, the middle class, and people of color in regard to jobs, mass transit, and growth that is smart and equitable.”

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