URGENT: Call on the federal government to support Bay Area public transit

United States Congress

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The United States Congress is working on a bill to provide relief to workers and business and to help stimulate the US economy. Jurisdictions across the Bay Area normally collect $85 million in fare revenue per month, the vast majority of which has been lost during the Covid pandemic. Transit agencies in California also rely very heavily on sales tax revenues, which are seeing declines.

We are asking our federal government to support funding for Bay Area public transit operators during this time of critical need.

  1. Sign the petition below.

  2. Call and email your representative: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

  3. Call and email Senators Feinstein and Harris:
    https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
    https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/offices

COVID-19 represents a threat to the health and wellbeing of all Americans, particularly our vulnerable and elderly neighbors. Our public health interventions to slow the spread of infections are necessary and welcome. Unfortunately, these same precautions, such as social distancing and sheltering in place, threaten the existence of public transit systems in the Bay Area that continue to function, as they are considered essential services that are transporting nurses, social service workers, grocery store employees, and the people who keep our society running during these trying times.

In order to keep our public transit system running for essential workers and people who depend on transit, and recover our public transit system from the severe impacts of Covid, we need substantial funding.

Sign the petition to call for our federal government to support public transit, its riders and operators with fiscal stimulus as quickly as possible.


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The United States Congress is working on a bill to provide relief to workers and business and to help stimulate the US economy. Jurisdictions across the Bay Area normally collect $85 million in fare revenue per month. Transit agencies in California also rely very heavily on sales tax revenues, which have declined with the Covid recession.

We are asking our federal government to support funding for public transit during this time of critical need.

COVID-19 represents a threat to the health and wellbeing of all Americans, particularly our vulnerable and elderly neighbors. Our public health interventions to slow the spread of infections are necessary and welcome. Unfortunately, these same precautions, such as social distancing and sheltering in place, threaten the existence of public transit systems in the Bay Area that continue to function, as they are considered essential services that are transporting nurses, social service workers, grocery store employees, and the people who keep our society running during these trying times.

Therefore, we call on the United States Congress to provide much needed emergency funding to help keep public transit running.