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TRPT 3 Years in Review

H.R. 2019 The Transportation Accountability and Opportunity Act.

TRPT delegation in Washington DC130 years after the passage of the 14th amendment and some 48 years after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the basic democratic rights of Black, Brown, Asian/Pacific Islander, and indigenous peoples would still be under attack. Included in the in the 1964 Civil Rights Act was Title VI which said that no agency receiving money from the federal government could discriminate based on race, color or national origin and was used to hold agencies accountable for the impacts of institutional racism.

In 2001, the right to go to court claiming disparate impact discrimination under title VI was taken away by a right-wing Supreme Court decision.

In May of 2011, with the support of the our members and our legal committee, Congresswoman Laura Richardson of Long Beach, California, introduced a comprehensive civil rights bill ensuring protections in the upcoming Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization. The legislation garnered support from over 52 members of the House of Representatives including Congress members John Conyers, Barbara Lee, Jerrold Nadler, Bob Filner, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Building the United Front and the Legislative Journey: read more about the historic HR 2019

TRPT and the Fight for Operations Funding

When the Federal Surface Transportation Act first expired in 2009, transit systems nationwide were in crisis. 90% had raised fares or decreased service, falling hardest on the backs of the poorest and most transit dependant Black, Latino, Asian and white working class transit riders.TRPT member Rene Mardones

TRPT held a Congressional Briefing hosted by Grace Napolitano (CA,38 ) in June of 2009 to bring together elected officials and their staffers to highlight the need for funding to operate our failing systems. Through the great leadership of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)in that same month, Representative Russ Carnahan (MI,3 ) introduced a bill, H.R. 2746, that would give more flexibility in funding to go to run systems, pay drivers, and pay for fuel. TRPT and allies, Transportation Equity Network, ATU, Policylink and Transportation for America, advocated intensely in Congress, meeting with 100s of staffers and on the streets, participating in days of action across the country.

In 2010, with the new majority in the House of Representatives and the re-introduction of the legislation, our rigorous efforts continued. We attended Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, John Mica (FL, 7), Field Hearings making sure he heard us when we said that we need public transit that fits the masses and we need an open and transparent government process.

Taking on Car Supremacy: Mass Transit and Climate Justice

The urgency and magnitude of the global warming crisis demands a scale of cuts in greenhouse gases that defies the imagination. The United States is one of the world's largest historical greenhouse gas emitter and must reduce its emissions by at 60% immediately on the way to a 90% cut by 2050-based on 1990 levels. With the U.S. emitting 45% of the world's automotive greenhouse gas emissions, can we envision moving towards a 90% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gases by virtually eliminating the auto and replacing it with a nationwide system of public transit?