Other metro areas across the country have demonstrated their commitment to investing in public transit to improve the lives of their residents. Like Transit Future, each campaign has worked to establish a broad coalition of supporters from a variety of sectors. Below are some of the most recent campaigns to expand transit:
Move LA‘s mission is to build a broad constituency that will advocate for the development of a comprehensive, diverse, robust, clean, and financially sound public transportation system for Los Angeles County and champion strategies to accelerate its implementation.
Based on testimony from multiple labor, business and environmental leaders mobilized by Move LA, on July 24, 2008, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to place 1/2-cent sales tax on the November, 2008, Presidential ballot. This was Measure R. If approved, Measure R would provide $40 billion over 30 years to build multiple transit projects including a major expansion of bus service throughout Los Angeles County. On November 4, 2008, Los Angeles County voters approved Measure R by the necessary two-thirds majority, marking the first major opportunity to shift LA from an auto-dominant community to a community with a robust transit system.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Leading environmental and planning organizations formed the Campaign in the early nineties as a response to the mounting economic and environmental costs of automobile and truck dependence and promising reforms in federal transportation policy.
In the nineteen years since their founding, the Campaign has enjoyed a strong record of accomplishment. Among our most notable victories are winning additional sources of revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the livable streets renaissance in New York City, the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s adoption of a smart-growth oriented transportation policy, and millions more in funding for bicycle, transit and pedestrian projects.
Transportation Choices is an advocacy group based in Seattle that campaigns to deliver better transportation choices for the people of Washington State. For 20 years they have pushed for greater and smarter investment in transit infrastructure and for improvements in bike and pedestrian access.
The organization’s strategic plan advances cutting edge public policy to increase transportation choices in the region and promotes public education to inform citizens of the value of public transit and walkable neighborhoods.
The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project when completed will run from the nation’s capital through Tyson’s Corner, one of the country’s busiest business districts to Dulles International Airport. Phase one of the project is due for completion this year and will act to dramatically mitigate congestion in one of the most traffic plagued metro areas in the world.
The rail line, funded through a combination of federal and local money, will include 11 new stations and will bring enormous economic benefit to the newly served communities.
FasTracks is Colorado’s ambitious transit expansion plan that seeks to extend existing light rail lines, construct brand new rail services and develop bus rapid transit systems for the two metro areas to alleviate traffic congestion and offer commuters better transportation choices.
Funded in part by a sales tax increase approved by voters in Denver in 2004, the plan promises to spur economic development and improve the overall quality of life of the regions residents. It serves as a great example of how public support can be generated for revenue increases to fund popular transit projects.
Adopted in 2010 and amended in May 2013, the 2030 Transportation Policy Plan (TPP) for Minneapolis-St. Paul aims to drastically increase access to transit in the Twin Cities and double ridership by 2030. Recognizing the immediate and long-term economic benefits that transit can bring to the region, the Cities hope to complete twenty new transit routes that will create construction jobs and position the Twin Cities to compete in the national marketplace. Looking toward the future, improving transit will allow the Twin Cities to accommodate the one million new residents expected by 2040. The plan has garnered support across the Cities, from groups including businesses, unions, environmental organizations, and rural communities that would all benefit from widely expanded transit.