Letter: Do not cut public transportation funding

Congress should reject President Donald Trump’s proposal to gut federal support for public transportation.

Federal funding for public transportation is a sound investment that creates jobs, spurs economic development and helps limit traffic congestion and air pollution. Furthermore, public transportation is essential for the mobility of millions of Americans, connecting people to jobs and education, and giving older Americans, veterans and people with disabilities access to essential services and their larger communities.

It is disappointing and doesn’t make sense that President Trump has proposed such severe cuts to transit after pledging to invest $1 trillion in American infrastructure over the next decade. We need to be building interconnected, multimodal transportation networks that meet the needs of our growing population and economy. The proposed cuts will take America in the wrong direction.

There has been strong bipartisan support in Congress for public transportation funding up to now. I urge our congressional delegation to stand up for transportation investments that will benefit all of us.

I’m a firm believer in public transit after having been a paratransit bus driver for 10 years. As a driver I saw the people who used not only the paratransit service, but also the city buses. The majority of the people who ride/use public transit can’t afford to have their own vehicles. By having an expansion of the public transit systems, it would make our communities more accessible to more people. After all, isn’t that what we want?

Lon R. Kammeyer

Waterloo

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