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Next month the Transportation Equity Network (TEN) is organizing a conference and lobby day in Washington D.C. If you would like more information please view the above link or contact us.
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NYSTEA Members in D.C.
January 2010!

Last year, the House of Representatives passed the Jobs for Main Street Act, which provided significant funding for infrastructure and public transportation. While the Senate continues to debate a new jobs package, NYSTEA has been urging New York State representatives and senators to increase funding for public transit as well as maintain  flexibility for transit operating assistance within this potential legislation.
Members of NYSTEA and residents from across New York State travelled to Washington D.C. in late January to discuss the public transportation struggles their communities currently face. In conversations with Congressional staff we discussed issues such as:
  • Fare increases
  • Service cuts
  • Pollution and public health concerns
  • Civil rights protection in transportation decision-making
Following our meetings, nine New York State Representatives sent a letter to  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking her to increase funding for public transit and to ensure that the 10% flexible transit operating assistance language would remain in any jobs bill. NYSTEA would especially like to thank the offices of Rep. Edolphus Towns and Rep. Nydia Velázquez for their leadership in organizing this effort.
NYSTEA will continue to advocate for a robust jobs bill with meaningful transit investments as well as a progressive and equitable federal transportation bill. Federal policy has for too long focused on supporting sprawl and continuing our reliance on the automobile. Now is the time to shift our priorities to building sustainable and livable communities for all New Yorkers.

Cecil, James, Kate, Katie, Peter, Soledad, Veronica, and Ya-Ting
Civil rights ruling in California sets precedent - adds momentum to New York's fight!
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Denies Stimulus Funds 
Recently, transit and civil-rights activists in California successfully challenged the use of federal stimulus money  on grounds that the chosen project would have a discriminatory impact.  In the recent victory, a rail line linking the Oakland Airport to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, was found to not have been adequately studied and determined that there were more equitable projects eligible for the $70 million.  
The decision of nadlerFTA chief, Peter Rogoff, to reject the project was premised off Title VI violations, as expressed in his letter to the local MPO and the transit agency. This case highlights the need for a strengthening of Title VI and for the restoration of the private right of action for individuals and local non-profits to challenge such abuses in a court of law.  
In meeting last month with Congressmember Jerrold Nalder, NYSTEA continued to discuss this policy and the Bay Area's recent victory. We look forward to our dialogue on how to advance this legislation.