I am organizing a letter-writing campaign with the group Advance Cleveland to call on state and national officials to fairly fund public transportation. This is as a result of the cuts RTA is facing due to budget constraints.
I thought maybe readers of this blog would be interested in participating. I’ll attach the body of the letter to this post. Of course, anyone participating should feel free to change it as they see fit.
I’m asking participants to send the letter to their U.S. Congressman, Senator Sherrod Brown as well as their state senator and congressman.
All over the state, public transportation providers have been cutting back, just when their services are needed most. This is bad policy. It’s bad for the environment, it’s bad for city dwellers and it’s bad for the economy. If we won’t hold public officials accountable, who will?
Here is what I have drafted:
Dear Senator XXXXX,
It comes as a disappointment to those of us in the Cleveland area to hear the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will again be forced to make cuts due to budget constraints. It is especially concerning as this comes at a time when we all acknowledge our oil supplies are running low and shortly after public transportation enjoyed a new-found popularity as gas prices hovered around $4 per gallon.
Why then does the State of Ohio ignore the changing nature of transportation and continue to underfund public transportation, while highway coffers remain full? Members of Advance Cleveland—a newly formed group of young professionals advocating for forward-thinking, urban-friendly policies in the greater Cleveland area—think that the reason ‘it has always been that way,’ is no longer reason enough.
Policies like this drain wealth from our already distressed cities and transfer it to the more affluent suburbs, hurting urban centers—our state’s economic drivers. Furthermore these policies advance an unsustainable and wasteful way of living that other regions that are more attractive to young people are rightfully abandoning.
We urge you to re-inject some common sense into our state’s public transportation laws. Give public transportation its due and stop the decline of this valuable service around the state, just as it is needed more than ever.
Your name here
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