By Emma Struss
With the legislature in full swing, transportation supporters from across the state rallied on April 17th at the Capitol to make sure a comprehensive transportation funding package is passed this session. Sierra Club members were amongst a sea of Minnesotans gathered in support of increased funding for transit, roads, bridges, bikes and walking improvements. Speakers included Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and Transit for Livable Communities Director Barb Thoman. After the rally, members of the Transit for a Stronger Economy coalition were led through the Capitol by a human light rail car to Govenor Dayton’s office. There they delivered thousands of postcards from citizens across the state with the message:
“Transit makes a stronger economy for working families, students, seniors, and people with disabilities… This session, I urge you to support investments in transit, including bus, light rail, and safe, accessible walking and bicycling routes.”
Momentum has definitely picked up around transportation funding. However, legislators still need to hear your voice. Whether on a bike or in car, we’ve all experienced the state of our roads this spring. We know that in order to get around safely and conveniently, transportation infrastructure needs serious investments. We also know that transportation options create less dependence on dirty tar sands oil, and help us combat climate change by reducing our reliance on cars.
Putting the RT in LRT!
If we don’t address problems now, conditions will only get worse and more expensive to tackle. By supporting a comprehensive transportation funding package, current and foreseen problems can be addressed head on. Delaying this support only risks our safety, environment, and quality of life.
Transit for a Stronger Economy members dropped off thousands of postcards to Gov. Dayton’s office in support of increased transit/ bike/ pedestrian funding!
Please take the time to let your legislators know: “Statewide transportation investments are needed now!” Remember: It only takes a 20 second message to make a big impact at the Capitol.
Emma Struss is a Green Transportation Intern for the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.