Don’t X Out Public Transportation Day

Our friends at the Metropolitan Planning Council invited CNU to participate in Don't X Out Public Transportation Day here in Chicago. Chicagoans, read below for the details on today's event, courtesy of the MPC. And for those of you outside Chicagoland, find a rally to attend today and tell Congress to maintain funding for public transit!


 Chicago Leaders Tell Congress: Don’t X Out Transit with Local Rally

National rally day set for September 20, 2011

Public transit riders, community groups, business leaders and union transit workers are joining together for Don’t X Out Public Transportation Day on September 20, 2011 to call on Congress to support transit.

A recent proposal from the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would cut of 35 percent to federal highway and public transportation funding. Transit supporters will participate in this national rally day to send a message to Congress that this level of funding cuts is unacceptable and will have a drastic impact on the millions of Americans who rely on public transit every day.

What:   Don’t X Out Public Transportation Rally!

Joe Costello, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Agency

Steve Schlickman, Executive Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois Chicago

Brian Imus, State Director, Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)

Gideon Blustein, Executive Director, Infrastructure Council, IL Chamber of Commerce

Ron Burke, Exec. Director Active Transportation Alliance & Riders for Better Transit

Joanna Trotter, Metropolitan Planning Council

Robert Guy, United Transportation Union

Bob Kelly, The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308

Jennifer Henry, Natural Resources Defense Council

Michel Stern, Environmental Law and Policy Center

When:              4:00 PM Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where:             Union Station 251 N Clinton St, Chicago, Illinois 60661 (In the Great Hall)

Why:                A proposed 35 percent cut in federal funding for public transportation would seriously harm the Chicago Metro Area’s ability to create and sustain jobs – further hampering efforts to stimulate our regional and national economy.

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Don’t X Out Public Transportation Day is the combined effort of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), National Association of Public Transportation Advocates in Action (NAPTA), Reconnecting America, Transportation for America, the Transportation Equity Network and Transportation Workers Union (TWU) and transit systems and advocates across the country. This national rally day and call to action highlights the severe effects a 35 percent cut to federal transit funding would have and the need for increased investment in public transportation. For more information visit:





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