LEGISLATIVE ALERT: URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

Dear Members:

CalACT urges all agencies and transit advocates throughout California to reach out to their federal and state representatives in SUPPORT of two transit funding bills - one authorizes federal funding through the Capital Investments Program (CIP) and a state funding package through SB 1 (Beall and Frazier.) Independently and together, these two different funding streams help ensure that transit has funding for both operations and capital expenditure in the near future.

Capital Investment Program (CIP) Appropriations Support (from APTA)

"As you know, the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 "skinny budget" proposal would phase out the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, putting projects currently in the pipeline and future projects at risk. We are asking you to contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support public transportation by signing on to the appropriations request letters. 
Given the threat posed by the President's proposed budget, please ask your elected officials to sign (House and Senate) [appropriation request] letters and also make a formal request of the Appropriations Committees in support of public transportation programs."

ACTION NEEDED:
  • Call your Senators before April 6 and tell them you would like them to sign on to the Senators Durbin, Feinstein, Murray and Schatz letter supporting the Capital Investment Grant program. 
  • Call your Reps before April 4th and ask them to join the letter being led by Representatives Blumenauer and Walorski
SB 1 (Beall and Frazier) The Road Repair and Accountability Act

This bill seeks to fund and reform transportation spending and investments by generating $5.24 billion a year in new revenues and would make $640 million - $1.1 billion annually available to public transit. The bill itself is to be voted on in the Assembly by 4/4 and in the Senate by 4/6. Please contact your local state representatives and urge support of SB 1.

ACTION NEEDED:

*Thank you to the California Transit Association and APTA Legislative Committees for their information and urgent call to action