Improving access to jobs and other opportunities starts with more transit options. On March 5, 2014, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $2.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to advance the construction or completion of 26 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 16 states. These projects will do far more than simply increase mobility options around the nation. They will also create or sustain thousands of good construction-related jobs, as well as helping communities expand transportation choices offering new opportunities for hard-working families.
Secretary Foxx pointed out that this step highlights the nation’s commitment to ensuring that every American has access to the ladders of opportunity that lead to success – and access to public transportation is essential to making that happen. Foxx also shared that President Obama’s bold vision for investment in 21st century transportation infrastructure doesn’t just remove barriers to success for millions of Americans, it also strengthens our nation’s economy today and in the future.
“Transit ridership across the United States is at its highest level in five decades, thanks in part to FTA’s successful partnerships with communities committed to expanding local transportation choices that help to revitalize neighborhoods, reduce congestion, and connect residents with jobs, education, health care, and other vital services,” said Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan. “We must continue investing, together, in our nation’s public transportation infrastructure, so future generations have the mobility they will need to succeed.”
Read the full press release from the Federal Transit Administration here.